GRADE I SECRETARIAT QUOTES

August 13, 2017

Jose Ortiz (jockey, Oscar Performance, 1st): “He [Oscar Performance] was sitting very comfortably in second and when I asked him to go he ran very well. I love that Brian [Lynch] gave me the opportunity on this horse. I’m very happy I won the race for them [connections John Amerman and Brian Lynch]”

John Amerman (owner, Oscar Performance, 1st): “You’re never confident until the finish line but they were very good horses and so we’re delighted Jose could ride so well and beat him. I said good luck [to Jose Ortiz before the race] because he knows the horse and has ridden him ever since his first race.”

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Ryan Moore (jockey, Taj Mahal, 2nd): “I got the trip I wanted. The horse ran well.”

Frankie Dettori (jockey, Afandem, 3rd): “Everything went smooth like I thought. He’s a young horse, and he hasn’t encountered these kinds of bends. You have to race into them and race off them and he’s not used to those kinds of things and lost all his momentum on the turns and that cost me.”

Julien Leparoux (jockey, Sonic Boom, 4th): “He ran a good race. We went right to the front, which was the plan, and he relaxed really nicely for me. I think maybe the trip was a little too far for him.”

Florent Geroux (jockey, Gorgeous Kitten, 5th): “I didn’t feel there was a lot of pace during the race. He started making his move – he just couldn’t catch those horses on the front end.”

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