Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint Quotes

December 10, 2019

Enebish Ganbat (trainer, Mongolian Saturday, 1st) – “I was expecting the horse to run well. I thought he could come first or second. Here, he’s been doing very, very well. We came here to win a Breeders’ Cup and we did.”

Florent Geroux (jockey, Mongolian Saturday, 1st) – “Very good. Very smooth. He broke very sharp. I was able to take good position. It was like a Work All Week repeat, except this was turf instead of dirt. It was a nice stalking trip. I was able to save ground and when I asked him turning for home he gave me a good kick and showed a lot of heart. He was very professional.”

On being 3 for 4 in the Breeders’ Cup so far: “I love these races. I wish we could have these a few times a year (laughs). I have been very lucky and very fortunate and I want to thank all the connections who gave me the opportunity to be here today. That's about it. Good horses make me look good.”

Kathleen O’Connell (trainer, Lady Shipman, 2nd) – “That was such a tough beat, but she ran her heart out. For a 3-year-old filly to come in second and with all she’s accomplished, we are very, very proud of her. She came so close, but we’re still very happy with her.”

Irad Ortiz Jr. (jockey, Lady Shipman, 2nd) – “It was pretty close. She ran great. No excuses, we were second best today."

Wesley Ward (trainer, Green Mask, 3rd) – “We’re disappointed with one (The Great War), but happy with the other two (Green Mask, 3rd and Undrafted, 5th). He’s (The Great War) is a bleeder and we’ll have to see what happened.”

Joel Rosario (jockey, Green Mask, 3rd) – “He ran very good. He made a big move and I thought he might get there in time, but the others didn’t quite come back to me.”

Javier Castellano (jockey, Bobby’s Kitten, 4th) – “I had a good trip. I would have liked to have more speed in the race. They didn't go that fast. I think it hurt my horse, who comes from behind. The ground is good and I think everything worked out.”

Frankie Dettori (jockey, Undrafted, 5th as favorite) – “The ground was not fast enough for him and he needs 6 ½ furlongs, not 5 ½ furlongs. “My horse is not quick enough with them and I was last and I ran on. He’s getting older and losing a bit of speed, but, we might get into Ascot next year.”

Ryan Moore (jockey, The Great War, 12th) – “5 ½ furlongs is not really his distance. He was always struggling to get there.”

The victory was the first for trainer Enebish Ganbut and the third for jockey Florent Geroux.

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