Champagne (G1) Quotes

December 10, 2019

Todd Pletcher, winning trainer of Daredevil (No. 6): "I thought it was very impressive. He rated kindly and did everything you would hope one would do. He finished really well and I couldn't be more pleased. His training for us has been really impressive in the mornings. We'd never breezed him on an off track, so I was a little concerned running him the first time [on a muddy track September 13], but we felt pedigree-wise he would handle it, and he obviously does. He trains like a good horse on fast dirt, too."

"[Sitting off the pace] was a function of drawing the outside post. You draw the inside, you have to go and secure a position. We were fortunate to get a good post position and he was professional enough to take advantage of it."

Javier Castellano, winning rider aboard Daredevil (No. 6): "He's a special horse. I worked him last weekend and he was very impressive the way he did it. He didn't do anything much today; he just galloped along. The one thing I told Todd just now is that he reminded me of Bernardini when he won the Jim Dandy. He just splashed along today; he liked the track. He'll do whatever you ask him to."

Rick Violette, trainer of runner-up Upstart (No. 2): "He was the only horse all day to make up ground into a real horse. I'm very, very mixed. I'm a little lucky to place. I think we would have been closer, right behind the speed going into the turn [if he had a clean start] instead of having to use a long run again."

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