"Win and You're In Breeders' Cup Sprint Division"
Arnaud Delacour, winning trainer of A.P. Indian (No. 11): "He's having a lot of fun at what he does. The race [Belmont Sprint Championship] at Belmont [was a turning point for him]. He came back so much more confident for some reason. Ever since, he has been improving and consistent. I told Joe nothing. I just asked him what he wanted to do and he told me what he wanted to do, and I said 'good luck.'"
"I did [have confidence in him with a race over the track] and also that he won the two stakes this year already going seven-eighths. That is always an edge. Obviously, the horse was very fit. Six furlongs or seven-eighths, there isn't that much more difference. He has enough tactical speed to go six and enough stamina to keep going at seven, so it's pretty amazing."
Breeders' Cup? "I will have to talk to the owner. We will map out a plan if it is what we want to do. He needs to bring us there. I just want to make sure he is still going well and happy. In that case, we will consider."
Joe Bravo, winning rider aboard A.P. Indian (No. 11): "I was really shocked, he was just so relaxed all the way through to the wire. It's really a pleasure to be able to ride a horse like that. It just shows the control and different dimensions he possesses. I learned more and more about him after his first race; just getting used to his habits and getting them out of the way. He ran a huge race at a mile and sixteenth and got beat by a nose, so that made me really feel comfortable with him. The way he did it so relaxed just makes you feel so comfortable. It took him a little time to develop but wow, he's just enjoying the game. He knew he would beat those horses today."
Kiaran McLaughlin, trainer of runner-up Tamarkuz (No. 6): "He ran huge today. We're really thrilled. He's run well before but today was obviously his best run in America. We're happy that he did so well."
"He just ran into some really good horses. He still has a lot of races in him here. Hopefully, by the end of the year, he can win one of these Grade 1s and he can stay at stud in America."
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