Quotes from the $300,000 Maker’s 46 Mile

December 10, 2019

Tristan Barry (assistant to Todd Pletcher, winning trainer of Jack Milton)

“We had two plans. If he broke well, we were going to sit close to the pace and pounce. If he didn’t, we were going to sit back and make one run. Plan B worked well.”

On the next race for Jack Milton “Todd will talk to the owner (Gary Barber) and see where we go next.”

Javier Castellano (winning jockey)

“I really liked the way the race set up today. He’s a come-from-behind horse. It was a beautiful pace. I think they went pretty quick early in the race and set it up perfectly. He gave me a good kick. I’m very satisfied with the way he did it.”

Julien Leparoux (rider of runner-up Aripeka)

“The horse always gives us everything he’s got. Every time you make him step up, he’s just here. He ran a big race. He ran a really huge race. We’re pleased with the way he ran today. We had a good trip. That was a pretty good pace for this race, and he settled nice and finished up strong.”

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Joel Rosario (rider of third-place finisher Long On Value)

“I thought (Skyring) was going to show more speed and (Aripeka would do the same), but they never did and I was in the lead. I was quicker than them, and I didn’t want to drag him back because he was happy there. The horse who won the race really put in a good race today. If I had someone to follow, maybe it would have helped a little bit but he ran great.”

Sheldon Russell (rider of fourth-place finisher Legendary [GB])

“I had a very good trip. My horse probably could have benefited from them going a little faster early on. But we knew coming into the race that there wasn’t a whole lot of speed. I was really happy with him. He made a nice little move the last eighth of a mile. It was a good run and I look forward to the rest of the year.”

Victor Espinoza (rider of sixth-place finisher and beaten favorite Summer Front)

“It seemed like he was struggling a little bit at the end. It was a little too soft for him. I was sitting patiently with him all the way around. It was wide open for me, but when it was time to go he struggled a little bit.”

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