Kelso Handicap (G2) Quotes

December 10, 2019

Peter Miller, winning trainer of Appealing Tale, via telephone (No. 1): "He broke slow, and kind of had to rush up. It wasn't what I was hoping for but once he established himself on the lead he really just ran a great race. Really a super ride from Joe [Talamo] and this win is a credit to our whole team. Stephanie Quarter, my assistant over there, did a great job deputizing. We are all elated. [It's] on to the Breeders' Cup next. We'll cross enter in the Breeders' Cup Sprint and Breeders' Cup [Dirt] Mile but we'll probably lean more on entering in the [Dirt] Mile."

Joe Talamo, winning jockey aboard Appealing Tale (No. 1): "We had a perfect trip. We went to the front and I kind of let him set his own fractions. Turning for home, I wanted to try and open up a little bit because I knew, obviously, that Honor Code and the horses were coming. But that was just an unbelievable performance. He's only run on a wet track one time in California and he won on it. But obviously, that was a long time ago. I think that was when he broke his maiden. I just loved the way he did it today. He wasn't really keen, he was very relaxed, took a couple of deep breaths around the far turn. I was very impressed with him today."

Shug McGaughey, trainer of beaten favorite and third-place finisher Honor Code (No. 2): "The way things came up, it wasn't his day. He'll be fine [for the Breeders' Cup]. I really thought he would like [the track surface] OK. He's run good in it at Saratoga at times. But, like I said, in the second race, it looked like [speed] was holding a little bit. I got a little bit concerned there. It looked like when he came down on the inside he was struggling a little bit."

Javier Castellano, rider aboard third-place finisher and beaten favorite Honor Code (No. 2): "The pace wasn't fast enough. A combination of the way the pace developed and the track didn't help him find the kick. He still gave me a strong finish but I couldn't get there."

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