Quotes from the $150,000 Woodford (G3) Presented by Keeneland Select

December 10, 2019

Enebish Ganbat (winning trainer of Mongolian Saturday) “He loves Keeneland. Lexington is his home town. This summer, we were in England and a doctor found (he had) a big ulcer. It took two months (for the horse to fully recover) but it seems everything is all right. We’re going to take him to the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita.”

Carlos Montalvo (winning rider)

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“Oh my god, what a wonderful trip. When he drew that hole, the 12 hole, he (trainer Ganbat) was very happy. He said, ‘Don’t mess it up. The horse knows what to do, just don’t mess it up.’

On whether Mongolian Saturday was tiring near the finish “No, not at all. He was coming off that layoff, and (Ganbat) had him ready. He trained him just enough to win this one, and you know what the goal is.”

Shaun Bridgmohan (rider of runner-up Hogy) “He ran good. He’s a late runner and had to get his feet under him but once he did he came rolling. I thought he gave me a nice kick down at the end. I thought I was going to get there at one point. He was finishing really, really well. The wire just came up too soon.”  

Ricardo Santana Jr. (rider of dead-heat third-place finisher Front Pocket Money) “He tried hard. He was in a perfect spot, no excuse, just not the winner. It was a tough race for him, but he tried pretty hard.”

Paco Lopez (rider of dead-heat third-place finisher Galton) “(My horse) ran his last race from (the back of the field). Today he showed me a little speed and when I came up in the middle of the group he came running pretty good. The winner is a tough horse, a Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup winner, but my horse came running great.”

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