Hopeful (G1) Quotes

December 10, 2019

Javier Castellano, winning jockey aboard Ralis (No.6): "He broke well out of the gate today. I thought he was going to be a little too far back. He broke sharp from the gate. He had a great post outside to take a bit of a nice hold and to see how the race developed in the first quarter. He had a great position outside. It was perfect. It was a perfect trip. I'm very blessed to ride that horse."

On winning the Hopeful and his other Grade 1 wins: "I feel great. I'm very thankful. A lot of people have given me a lot of support to be thankfully the number one jockey in Grade 1s here in Saratoga. It's a good record and I'm proud to be participating at the best track in the country. I have a lot of support: my agent, my trainers and the owners."

On looking forward to the Triple Crown: "It's really exciting because I don't think I've won the Hopeful before in my career. I think that is the kind of horse we are looking for for next year. I'm looking forward to next year."

Rudy Rodriguez, trainer of runner-up Magna Light (No. 1): "I thought we ran very well. The winner was really good. Our horse ran a really great race, he just got outrun. He ran big. We were coming in ready for the race. Jose said when he came to the stretch he asked him and he gave him what he had and the other horse just went by him. We've got to talk to the owners [about what's next] and regroup a little bit. We'll look at a couple of races at Belmont and see what's coming. He's young, he's fresh so we'll space him a little bit between races so we can maybe give him another chance at Belmont."

Jose Ortiz, jockey aboard runner-up Magna Light (No. 1): "I had a great trip. We broke easily and no one pressed me too hard. The horse that won really ran a big race today. My horse ran well; we're really happy with the way he ran."

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