Longines Test (G1) Quotes

December 10, 2019

Kiaran McLaughlin, winning trainer of Cavorting (No. 2): "I thought it would be a faster pace early, but it worked out well. I knew she was running and was hoping she would get space to run. She normally doesn't like a lot of dirt in her face but she was covered in dirt today. Irad [Ortiz, Jr.] rode a great race and she ran huge. She deserves a Grade 1 win and she got it. She's a very nice filly."

"It's a great win. Grade 1 wins are hard to come by and it was a great team effort. It's great to win for [owner] Barbara [Banke] and her team also. The Grade 1 wins are most important for fillies, and it's great she's by Bernardini, who stands at Darley, who I train a lot of horses for. It's a win-win for everybody."

Irad Ortiz, Jr., winning jockey aboard Cavorting (No. 2): "I had the perfect trip. The trainer told me before the race to relax her and stay steady in the back. We had a strong pace in the front and when we turned the corner, I just let her go."

John Kimmel, trainer of second-place finisher Bar of Gold (No. 9): "We wheeled her into the [Grade 1] Acorn off of a couple of New York-bred wins and she got annihilated basically at the start. I think he engaged a little early and she just had a bad trip. Then we marched her down for her first two-turn race and I thought she made a winning move there. She broke the track record that day and I looked like she got flat the last sixteenth of a mile; I thought maybe just shorten her a little bit. She looks like her pedigree says run all day, maybe this is what she'll do this year. Maybe next year she grows up a little bit, she'll be able to carry herself a little further. She got me screaming a little bit. This was a good race. I was reminiscing about my first Grade 1 win, the Test with Twist Afleet."

Jose Lezcano, jockey aboard runner-up Bar of Gold (No. 9): "I got a pretty good trip. She broke really good and I got the position I wanted, second the whole way. When I asked her, she gave me a pretty good kick. The other filly came and ran past us. I think we can ask her for more, she ran an unbelievable race. This was the first time I rode her and she gave me a great race."

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