Jim Dandy (G2) Quotes

December 10, 2019

Julie Clark, assistant to winning trainer Keith Desormeaux, of Texas Red (No. 3): "He's been doing really well [at Saratoga]. We got a lot out of that bullet work last weekend. He has been training really well. Kent basically said the ride he gave him was the trip he was planning, so we went with him. We trust him. I'm sure proud of him [Texas Red]."

On the close finish: "I'll admit, I couldn't wait for the wire to come up. I did [get nervous]. I was really calm from the paddock to here but, by the last stretch drive, my heart was pounding."

Kent Desormeaux, winning jockey aboard Texas Red (No. 3): "He just galloped along to the quarter pole. I had so much left that I got to the [front] quicker than I thought I would. He kind of idled on the lead a little bit that last three sixteenths of a mile, but when challenged he had tons left. The most encouraging thing about the entire ride was the energy left galloping out. I think I'm sucking more wind than he is from the race."

On if he'd like to see Texas Red take on American Pharoah in the Travers: "No. I'd rather be the big fish in a little pond. We'll save that for the Breeders' Cup Classic."

On Texas Red and the Travers: "I think he can only improve. He's a huge-striding, real-estate loving kind of horse. He loves two turns and the further they get to do something like that I think the more of him. His true superior athletic ability to get a mile and a half and a mile and a quarter is what he is best at."

On how good of a horse Texas Red is: "He's trying to be the best I've ever ridden. He has Big Brown to catch. He just has impeccable attitude and character. I can only say my brother taught him that."

On riding for his brother: "Anyone who tells you it's not extra special as a family affair would be pulling your leg. It's amazing. I think that my brother and I were absolutely raised to do this and we are currently living the dream of our childhood lives."

Kiaran McLaughlin, trainer of runner-up and beaten favorite Frosted (No. 7): "We got beat. Frosted ran very well, a nice horse won it. We gave the winner four pounds. We came to win the race but we couldn't get by. Four-horse races are always tricky, but it will be a different race in four weeks. You just don't know what's going to happen, he ran well, but hopefully he will be better in four weeks [Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers, August 29]."

Joel Rosario, jockey aboard runner-up and beaten favorite Frosted (No. 7): "I had a perfect trip. I thought I was going to maybe be second, but the other horses broke sharp. I had a good trip. He ran and responded to everything I asked him to do; the other horse was just a little bit better. He was fine. I just let him place himself wherever he wanted. I didn't want to push him to do something he didn't want to do. He ran his race, and he finished."

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