Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) Quotes

December 10, 2019

Christophe Clement, winning trainer of Tonalist (No. 8): "I probably should have removed the blinkers before the Travers. He, obviously, was a bit too aggressive in the Travers. Even so, he didn't quit. I love the way that, even when he got beat in the Travers he went on to the wire."

"A great ride. Joel [Rosario] is just so laid back. He was always in his space, always in his stride. [Tonalist] doesn't need the blinkers anymore. I should have realized before that he was more mature."

"They went 47 and change. They went fast enough that I knew they'd come back a little bit. From the three-eighths on, he looked really good. He was closer and closer, and you could see the horse was going really well."

Joel Rosario, winning jockey aboard Tonalist (No. 8): "I thought I would be laying third or fourth, but he didn't break that quick. He didn't get out very quick, but I just let him run on his own. When I passed the half-mile, and the [jockey] fell in front of me, it scared me a little bit and I was just trying to get out of the way. After that I tried to save ground. I was hoping to go through on the inside, but [the opening] closed up and I had to go around. He relaxed very nicely. I was probably a little far back but I wasn't worried about it; I didn't want to make him do something he didn't want to do. I could see turning for home they were coming back to me and he found a way through. I'm happy we got the money. He's a one-paced horse, and when he starts going, he goes forever. I was really happy with the trip."

Chad Brown, trainer of runner-up Zivo (No. 4): "There was so much going on with the loose horse. I thought my horse was eliminated at that point [when the jockey fell], and then when he comes with a second run after really just taking up down the backside, I was just really glued to my horse to see if he could get through."

"I'd love to take him out to the Classic. I think he fits. I have to speak to the owner Tom Coleman about it, but I didn't see anything that would deter him from going there. I feel like we have one of the better older handicap horses going a mile-and-a quarter on the dirt in the country. With that said, he deserves a shot in the Breeders' Cup Classic in my opinion. As long as he is healthy and doing well and Mr. Coleman wants to go, I'd prepare the horse to do so. I thoughthe ran terrific.''

Jose Lezcano, jockey aboard runner-up Zivo (No. 4): "I can't believe I ran second. I had to completely stop at the three-eighths pole, and he still came back and finished second. It was a very good effort for him."

Kiaran McLaughlin, trainer of third-place finisher Long River (No. 6): "He ran huge. We've been disappointed with his races at times, but we just felt like he was doing so well and that he would love the mile-and-a-quarter. We had everything to gain and nothing to lose. He ran very well and it's great for the team. I thought we had a really big chance to win down the lane."

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