Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) Quotes

December 10, 2019

Christophe Clement, winning trainer of Tonalist (No. 6): "We're back here, we won this race a year ago and it's great. I thought that even when he got beat this year, he never ran a bad race. He's a top class horse. We're back on top. I'm delighted for Mr. Evans. Obviously, he believed in us all along. And mostly I'm delighted for the horse, I've never lost my faith in the horse. I never thought he was disappointing, he was a bit unlucky for the year, but the way he won today was very impressive. I was very happy with the way Tonalist was travelling. He always looked very comfortable. I thought that at any stage of the race, he could've taken them on. He's back to what I always believed. He's a top class horse. It's a wonderful race, it's great to win it two years in a row. Every start this year, I wouldn't have traded my position with anyone else, even when we got beat. People forget about him, but I never forgot about him."

John Velazquez, winning jockey aboard Tonalist (No. 6): "I think [in the Suburban] I let him do what he wanted to do instead of taking hold of him. and he got caught. Today, he was in the bridle and I kept him behind horses. [Turning for home] I was going inside or outside, but once he [Wicked Strong] started drifting out, I had to go inside. He was so much better today. Everything worked out perfect. He was so good and traveling so well throughout the race."

Joel Rosario, runner-up jockey aboard Wicked Strong (No. 1): "Good trip, perfect trip. It looked like Tonalist was the best horse today. I gave it a good try but he really beat me."

Jimmy Jerkens, trainer of runner-up Wicked Strong (No. 1) and third-place finisher Effinex (No. 4): "From where the gate is, if you're [in post No. 1], even if you don't want to be on the lead you should come out of there and make the horses run a little bit to cross over in front of you or else you're not taking advantage of the post. I was glad [jockey Joel Rosario] let the other horse go and Wicked Strong looked like he liked being up close. It looked like he tried and kept on a bit better than he usually does.

"Effinex was sitting perfect then it looked like he was losing his action in behind."