Quotes from the $200,000 Thoroughbred Club of America

December 10, 2019

Josie Carroll (winning trainer of Leigh Court)

On returning Leigh Court to a race on the dirt “(Breeder and owner Eugene) Melnyk was hoping for a horse for the Breeders’ Cup. We sat down and talked about it, and we thought this was the best direction to take to get there. It worked out just fine.”

Gary Boulanger (winning rider)

“It’s the first time she’s ever been covered up on me. She’s always been kinda on the lead and doing it easy. Today the dirt broke a little bit away from her, in her face, but it didn’t bother her. She just cruised on up the inside, then I got outside the pocket. She had her ears half-cocked, and I said, ‘Well I have a ton here.’

“She’s just a super nice filly. It’s hard to get a line on her ‘cause I hadn’t ridden her on the dirt and didn’t know what to expect, but I’ve been telling Josie she’s as good as I’ve ever sat on and she showed it today. She’s just a tremendous filly.”

Julien Leparoux (rider of runner-up Southern Honey)

“My filly ran good. Fine for second. You know, just second-best today. The winner was just better.”

Paco Lopez (rider of third-place finisher Stonetastic)

“(Trainer) Kelly (Breen) told me to just let her run her race. It was a good trip. The three (R Free Roll) kept on us, but no real excuses for the race.”

Rosie Napravnik (rider of fourth-place finisher Speedinthruthecity)

“My filly was just chasing the whole way and making up ground gradually at the end. It seemed like there was quite a bit of speed in there and we were hoping they would go real quick in front and come back (to us). She kind of just grinded today.”

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