GRADE III FAIR GROUNDS HANDICAP

December 10, 2019

Florent Geroux (jockey, Chocolate Ride, winner): "You never know how these races are going to unfold, but we had the best horse. He can run on the lead or take off it. He's a very tough horse, especially on this turf course. He's very hard to catch. Brad and his team have done a great job with him keeping him healthy and happy.” Brad Cox (trainer, Chocolate Ride, winner): “It's been a big day and it's all about the help. They do a tremendous job and winning today is a reflection of their hard work. He loves this turf course. It worked out today and he's really doing well. The Muniz next is the obvious spot.”

Javier Castellano (jockey, Roman Approval, 2nd): "I didn't have the best trip. I saved ground, but unfortunately, the pace was slow and the winner took advantage."

Mike Maker (trainer, Roman Approval, 2nd): "He ran great. He needs to run away from the gate. If I can (have that happen), he'll be okay."

John Velazquez (jockey, Departing, 3rd): “I was right where I wanted to be, right next to the tough horse, and he was just a little bit better than us today. Turning for home I thought I had a lot left.”

James Graham (jockey, String King, 4th): “I had a beautiful trip. Sitting, stalking the pace – what little pace there was. I even tried to go a bit earlier, I just couldn’t get to them. He’s a better horse than that.”

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