Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (G1) Quotes

December 10, 2019

H. Graham Motion, winning trainer of Main Sequence (No. 5): "What a cool horse. Ironically, I thought he ran his most professional race today and then you had the bump right before the wire."

"The only thing I've ever told [jockey] Rajiv [Maragh] is just not to worry about him. Even if he doesn't break well, don't worry about it. I was actually a little surprised how close he was once he got away from there today. He was much more in the race than he has been."

"I was kind of sick, to be honest [during the inquiry]. I thought it would have been a little bit cruel to take it away, but he definitely bumped the other horse. I feel bad for West Point [owner of Twilight Eclipse]. I train for them and that horse has run three big races and he's come out on the wrong end of them."

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Rajiv Maragh, winning jockey aboard Main Sequence (No. 5): "He's consistently good. He's 3-for-3 in the United States and has done everything right. When he made the lead, it was a little sooner than we wanted. He started loafing a little bit; I tried to make him see the other horse and a little contact happened. I felt like I was going to be OK on the inquiry, but it was nerve-wracking."

Tom Albertrani, trainer of runner-up Twilight Eclipse (No. 2): "He ran well, ran well. Hopefully we'll get him in California, right?"

Jose Lezcano, jockey aboard runner-up Twilight Eclipse (No. 2): "I got a good trip. My horse almost went by, but [Main Sequence] hit me so hard my horse lost his balance. I had to stop riding."

Chad Brown, trainer of beaten favorites Big Blue Kitten (No. 1, fourh-place) and Real Solution (No. 1a, sixth-place): "I'm disappointed. They went off the favorites; it's very disappointing. We'll just regroup with both of them. Real Solution just didn't have it today going a mile-and-a-half. Big Blue Kitten ran well. The pace really hurt us. I thought the top two horses ran terrific. Our horse, we could have used a little more pace. It would have helped our chances."

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