Quotes for the $2 Million Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff

December 10, 2019

Rosie Napravnik (jockey, Untapable, 1st) – “My husband and I are starting a family and my retirement will start on Monday. I’m very excited. I wasn’t worried about being wide on the first turn not considering the amount of horse I knew I had underneath me.”

Steve Asmussen (trainer, Untapable, 1st) – “I can’t say enough about her and how proud I am of her. I’m proud of the whole team, Rosie (jockey Napravnik), Scott (assistant trainer Blasi) and everyone. She’s an amazing mare to put us on this stage and to perform like she did. Rosie and she are a great combination and they have had a tremendous season. Today, definitely makes her a champion and that’s enough said. She’s had a great year and she’s a great filly. We had faith her. But, we’ve all been to the races, so you never know the outcome. She proved she’s a champion. I haven’t had a chance to talk to the Winchells yet, but I have every indication that she’ll stay in training.”

Joe Rocco Jr. (jockey, Don’t Tell Sophia, 2nd) – “My mare ran huge. I am so proud of her. When we turned into the backstretch she popped over to her right lead on her own and I just kind of put her on hold for a few strides. She has a tremendous three-eighths kick and when we got to the three-eighths pole, I said, ‘Let’s go mama.’ I had no trouble in the race at all. She has such a big long stride, it is better to keep her to the outside and in the clear rather than running inside and risking getting stopped. Once she has to stop, it is hard to get her going again real quick. Sometimes we have to sacrifice the short route.”

Philip Sims (trainer, Don’t Tell Sophia, 2nd) – “She ran a great race. We’re so proud of her. She had to go a bit wide, but Joe (Rocco) gave her a perfect ride. She was where she was supposed to be and made a run. She kept coming. She lost to a great horse today.”

Joe Talamo (jockey, Iotapa, 3rd) – “I had a little thrill at the quarter-pole, but the winner just got to us and went away. I was laying perfect. My filly tried so hard, even when she was passed in the lane.”

Larry Benavidas (assistant to John Sadler, Iotapa, 3rd) – “At the quarter-pole she gave us a great thrill. We were thrilled with the effort. If Baffert (Tiz Midnight) hadn’t been in there, we could have had an easy lead, but she settled and relaxed fine off the lead. When Rosie (Napravnik on Untapable) came to her, she kept fighting. She tries very hard every time. I thought we were going to be second, but we got nipped at the wire.”

Paco Lopez (jockey, Ria Antonia, 4th) – “There isn't too much of an excuse. My filly ran good. My filly was really comfortable and she ran hard and never stopped; she tried hard. Just too many good fillies.”

John Velazquez (jockey, Unbridled Forever, 5th) – “I had a perfect trip. She ran as good as she could.”

Rudy Rodriguez (trainer, Belle Gallantey, 9th) – “It was a disappointing run. At one stage it looked as if she was in a good position, but at the end it was no good.”

Maxime Guyon (jockey, L’Amour De Ma Vie, 10th) – “I had a good race. We were behind the leader and behind the winner. When we entered the final turn, I didn't have a chance to win. Maybe she didn't like the surface. It was the first time she ran on the dirt - so we don't know. After the race, we didn't have an excuse. Maybe she's not good enough.”

Pia Brandt (trainer, L’Amour De Ma Vie, 10th) – “She had no problem with the surface. She went well for a long way but the others were just better.”

Joel Rosario (jockey, Close Hatches, 11th) – “It was a good trip. I was on the outside. We were wide but looking good on the first turn; very calm and relaxed. Everything was fine. On the backside she was very comfortable until I hit the three and a half and she just didn't move forward. She just kind of wasn't herself.”

Bill Mott (trainer, Close Hatches, 11th) – “I didn’t like her position around the first turn, but I wouldn’t say that’s why we ran so dismal. At the three-eighths pole, we had a length on Untapable. Our intent was to try to get the first run on her and we had no run at all. I can’t offer any excuse other than she looks like maybe she’s had enough.”

Second Breeders’ Cup World Championship victory for jockey Rosie Napravnik Fifth Breeders’ Cup World Championship victory for Steve Asmussen

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