Quotes from the $400,000 Darley Alcibiades

December 10, 2019

Olly Stevens (winning trainer of Peace and War)

“We purchased her at Keeneland (at the September Yearling Sale) then took her back to England. She won her first out then we caught some bad ground at Ascot in England, which is one of the main reasons we came over here.

“She’s been back 12 days. Julien (Leparoux) breezed her here on Sunday, the day I flew in, and he really liked her. He jumped off another filly to ride her, actually.”

On her trip in the Darley Alcibiades

“She had a really tough trip, but she’s always been a brave filly. I was very comfortable to have her in the rear (early), and when I saw how fast they were going, I was delighted.”

On whether she would advance to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1)

“(Going on to the Breeders’ Cup) is very much in the plans. We just don’t have the details in place yet.”

Julien Leparoux (winning rider)

“She broke slow, but they were going fast in front of us, and that helped. I had breezed her before this race, and she handled the dirt fine. She was always traveling on the bridle. I knew as soon as I got her some room, she would have a nice kick because that’s what she had done in the morning. She’s very nice, very relaxed and nothing seems to bother her. They brought her here to give her a test on dirt. Now the big test will come at Santa Anita.”

Rosie Napravnik (rider of runner-up Top Decile)

“She is a classy 2-year-old. She took a whole lot of dirt. I could tell that everyone in front of me was dying so I said, ‘I have the horse, now I just need the hole.’ We found it and came a little wide into the stretch just to get through, but she ran an excellent race and I can’t complain at all. It’s not like she had anything easy today. I wouldn’t trade places with anyone.”

Al Stall Jr. (trainer of Top Decile)

“I would have to think we would go to California (for the Breeders’ Cup). We know she has :45 speed if she has to have it. We have been working on turning it off quite a bit this past month or so.”

Chris Landeros (rider of third-place finisher Paige)

“It took her a minute to get used to the surface and we got shuffled back a little farther than I wanted. At about the half-mile pole she started to settle, and when I smooched at her I still had a lot of horse. She ran a hell of a race. I’m very proud of her.”

Brian Hernandez Jr. (rider of fourth-place finisher Milehigh Butterfly)

“We had a great trip. Turning for home we split horses; it was a little tight for a 2-year-old and she hesitated a little. We lost some momentum and it cost her, I think, the win, but she ran a big race to be fourth.

“It looked like a lot of speed in the race so it would set up well for her. When I called on her she closed great.”

Joel Rosario (rider of beaten favorite Gap Year, who finished seventh)

“We were on the outside but she broke well and I saved a little (ground) on the first turn. It looked like I was making a little move but she kind of (leveled off). She felt like she was moving really nicely in the turn but she didn’t improve her position.”

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