Breeders’ Cup Sprint quotes

December 10, 2019

Florent Geroux (jockey, Work All Week, 1st) – “It feels great. It is a dream come true. To compete in these races and win on the first try is unbelievable. Especially with a horse from home: Illinois-bred and for Roger Breuggemann. A great trainer nobody knows because he flies under the radar and improves horses a lot. Work All Week has always been so good. Today was the real test to see if he can go with the best sprinters in the country, and he just did it. It's funny because when he made the lead he really put the breaks on, and I had to say ‘No, don't stop!’ and get him going again and he gave me more.”

Roger Brueggemann (trainer, Work All Week, 1st) – “I thought he would move up in class, I really did but you never know.”

Martin Garcia (jockey, Secret Circle, 2nd) – “He ran good. I had a tough spot down inside and then the horse to my outside broke into me. After that I was waiting and waiting until it opened up. Then I made my run, but couldn’t get there. My horse is a really good horse.”

Bob Baffert (trainer, Secret Circle, 2nd) – “I knew that post was going to be tough. He ran really hard today and he tried so hard. He was trying to get there. I thought he was going to get there, but he came up short. He ran too good to lose.”

Martin Pedroza (jockey, Private Zone, 3rd) – “I am disappointed that I didn’t win, but I’m not disappointed in the way the horse ran. I could have gone to the lead, but I didn’t want to because of the speed. I was happy to be off the pace. I didn’t know this horse very well, but I’m happy with the way it worked out.”

Alfredo Velasquez (trainer, Private Zone, 3rd) – “They were flying today. He finished good. He didn’t win, but I’m pleased with his race.”

First Breeders’ Cup World Championship victory for trainer Roger Brueggemann in his first Breeders’ Cup start

First Breeders’ Cup World Championship victory for jockey Florent Geroux in his first Breeders’ Cup mount