Champagne (G1) Quotes

December 10, 2019

Dominick Schettino, winning trainer of Greenpointcrusader (No. 2): "He was training good up to the race. His first two races, even though he won, he had tight trips down inside. We talked about the track, being inside, I basically left it up to Joe. He got a little shuffled back at the break and the rest was up to Joe."

Anthony Bonomo, Jr., son of Brooklyn Boyz Stables' owner Anthony Bonomo, of Greenpointcrusader (No. 2): "More than likely we'll stay here and head to Keeneland a week before the Breeders' Cup."

Joe Bravo, winning jockey aboard Greenpointcrusader (No. 2): "This horse really didn't have the clearest of races in his first two starts. He's a big horse and he needs a clear shot. He recovered [from the break] so well and was so comfortable on the backside, he gave me confidence when we turned for home that he was going to kick. Dom did a great job bringing him around. The stride this big boy has, man, that was fun. The last sixteenth of a mile, I kind of geared him down. I didn't really want to get to the bottom of him. His next one is going to be sick. How great is this Breeders' Cup going to be this year? Every day is a blessing, that's all."

Doug O'Neill, trainer of beaten favorite and fifth-place finisher Rallis (No. 5): "Yeah, it's a head scratcher. We just have to go over him real good when we get back to the barn and figure it out. He just didn't seem to fire today and maybe because of the track but not sure though."

Javier Castellano, jockey of (beaten favorite) and fifth-place finisher Ralis (No. 5): "He broke well out of the gate and held his position with a good spot in the race. It was unfortunate but he just didn't handle the track today. I think the sloppy, sealed track was too much for him. He had too much work today."

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