RACE QUOTES: SPIRAL STAKES

December 10, 2019

Winning horse: We Miss Artie

Winning jockey: John Velazquez “I was a little wide going into the first turn but I found a nice spot down the backside. Right at the sixteenth-pole I had to drift away from them so he didn’t have to work so hard. Then I was able to get up at the wire.”

Winning trainer: Todd Pletcher

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“It really was (a great closing run). Very exciting. I wasn’t sure he got there but very excited to see that he did.”

Regarding the speed of the race: “It looked like speed was holding up all day. Johnny had him in a good place and it looked like he was finishing steadily, but it was just a matter of whether he would get there.”

Regarding the Kentucky Derby: “I don’t think that will be much of a discussion, (given that the owner is) Mr. Ramsey. We were hoping he could get us there and he did.”

Winning owner: Ken and Sarah Ramsey Jeff Ramsey (son of Ken and Sarah Ramsey): “We really liked him today. He won a Grade I on the Polytrack before and he was training really well. I didn’t really think we had it (the photo). It was very exciting. My dad wasn’t here when Dean’s Kitten won (the Spiral in 2010); he was in Dubai. He is in Florida (today) watching it on TV. Hopefully we’ll get a really good trip in the (Kentucky) Derby. He’s been training on the dirt and getting better. He didn’t like the Fountain of Youth (at Gulfstream). That track’s a little different than Churchill.”

2nd horse: Harry’s Holiday

2nd jockey: Rose Napravnik “I kind of thought Johnny (Velazquez) had me on the outside. I was afraid he nipped us right at the end. But my horse did a great job. He was totally passed by the gray horse (Coastline) and came back and stuck his nose out in front and ran a great race. It’s a speed favoring track and the outside is better and that’s where you got to be.”

3rd horse: Coastline

3rd trainer: Mark Casse “He came up six inches short of winning the race but I was very happy. He definitely ran a big effort and we know he likes Churchill and he also likes Keeneland. It looked like we were going to get by.”

3rd jockey: Stewart Elliott “We had a great trip. When we turned for home I thought we were going to win it.”

Beaten favorite: Tamarando

Jockey: Russell Baze “He didn’t get a lot of speed. When I asked him to go, he went for a bit at the eighth pole and then quit.”

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