Quotes from the $250,000 Thoroughbred Club of America (G2)

December 10, 2019

Anthony Hamilton Jr. (winning trainer of Fioretti)

“We knew she was strong coming in, but this was a tall order.”

On whether he will take advantage of the automatic berth to the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) Fioretti received for the victory and run her in the race

“If everything goes right, yeah that would be the plan.”

Sophie Doyle (winning rider)

“We had a perfect trip. Fioretti traveled beautifully throughout the race. I just waited until the quarter pole, grabbed her up tight and sent her on. She did it lovely. I saw Judy the Beauty on the inside, and I saw her start to make her move. I was thinking, ‘I think I have a bit more left in the tank than you do.’ We got a bit of an easier trip.

“(Fioretti) has impressed us coming into this race and Anthony Hamilton has done a fantastic job with her.”

Ricardo Santana Jr. (rider of runner-up Heykittykittykitty)

“She had a perfect trip. It was really deep inside. She tried. She was a little tired.” Mike Smith (rider of third-place finisher and beaten favorite Judy the Beauty)

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“I had room late, but she’d rather be on the outside. She went (when she found room), but it wasn’t her A race. Hopefully she’ll run her A race when it counts.”

Jose Lezcano (rider of fourth-place finisher Spelling Again)

“I got kind of roughed up out of the gate. I got sandwiched really bad and lost a lot of position. She came running but it was too late.”

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