GRADE II VETERANS FORD RISEN STAR STAKES

December 10, 2019

Florent Geroux (jockey, Gun Runner, winner): “He's a very nice horse. I've really liked him since the first time I was on his back a few weeks ago working in the morning. He's super athletic. I was very confident. I wanted to make sure I saved some ground. Earlier I got beat (with Stageplay) and was stuck going wide the whole way. It looked like the track was playing a little bit more inside-favoring. I kept him down there until I asked him to go and he ran a great race.”

Steve Asmussen (trainer, Gun Runner, winner): “He's a very nice horse. We're very lucky to have him. I thought Florent gave him a beautiful trip with how the track was playing. He's shown talent the whole time and it's definitely good to see him in the winner's circle in a race like this.”

Ron Winchell (owner, Gun Runner, winner): “That's the dream, right - the Kentucky Derby. He's been highly anticipated and a quality horse. Right now the (Louisiana Derby) is the plan.”

Colby Hernandez (jockey, Forevamo, 2nd): “We had a great trip. My horse ran great. The whole way down the lane he kept grinding. He tried the whole way for us.”

Al Stall, Jr. (trainer, Forevamo, 2nd): “He tried and had a nice trip. He acted like a horse who was trying to step it up and he sure did. Where that puts us, I don't know. At least we guessed right this time.”

Corey Lanerie (jockey, Mo Tom, 3rd): “It was really good until we got kind of wiped out. Someone came from the outside and I lost all my momentum. I hope he's alright. I definitely thought he was the best horse today. He galloped out so good. I think if that didn't happen I would have caught him in the last couple jumps.”

Shaun Bridgmohan (jockey, Candy My Boy, 4th): “He went a little bit quicker than I wanted him to go, but I had to let him run from the 13-hole to get over, so I did. He cleared the field pretty easily, but then he had to work a little bit and I thought he ran really good to hang on. He gave me a quality effort. He's a really nice horse.”

Roger Brueggemann (trainer, Candy My Boy, 4th): “I thought he ran a big race. I wish we could have slowed it down a little bit, but with the outside post he had to push him a little bit. We got him in gear and he wouldn't slow down. He tries hard. We might bring him back (for the Louisiana Derby), we'll just have to see how he comes out.”

Francisco Torres (jockey, Zapperini, 5th): “He is still learning. I eased him back a little bit off the pace and he just dropped out because he doesn’t know what to do yet. He gave himself a little more to do than I wanted. He’s still learning – there are bigger and better things for him.”

John Velazquez (jockey, Tom’s Ready, 7th): “I had a good trip and was probably a little closer than I wanted to be. He was a little keen going into the first turn and probably used himself a little bit.”

Edwin Maldonado (jockey, Bistraya, 9th): “I had a great trip. I’m still scratching my head why he stopped so soon. He just went a half mile and stopped. He was really relaxed and going easy, but then he started acting like a 2-year-old like everything was new to him and he didn’t know what to do.”

Julien Leparoux (jockey, Airoforce, beaten favorite, 10th): “I don’t know. I don’t know. He was traveling good, and then he put his head up and didn’t pick it up.”

Javier Castellano (jockey, Uncle Walter, 11th): “I was done early in the race. I tried to put him in the race out of the gate. I know they were going quick early, but he just didn’t fire at all. It wasn’t his day.”

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