Schuylerville (G3) Quotes

December 10, 2019

Todd Pletcher, winning trainer of Sweet Loretta (No. 4): "She came to us early at Palm Beach Downs and she showed some quality. When she was getting ready to run, we felt like she was doing well at Palm Beach Downs so we sent her to the team in Monmouth. They did a great job with her.

"We didn't know what she ran against [in her maiden race] at Monmouth but we liked the way she did it. She looked like she did it with something in reserve but we knew this was a big step up in class. I told Johnny [Velazquez] in the paddock, 'I don't think she's as quick as some of these other fillies, just don't rush her off her feet. Give her a chance to get her legs underneath her.' It actually probably worked in her favor that she didn't break well. They went fast early but she ran professionally; she ran into the dirt well. She kept gaining ground in the early part of the race and put herself in a good position coming off the turn."

John Velazquez, winning jockey aboard Sweet Loretta (No. 4): "She ran well. Obviously there's a lot of speed but the track was a little slow. But it worked out my way. She did everything well. I talked to Todd [Pletcher] in the paddock before the race and he told me she breaks well, [so] give her a chance and let her run down the lane and that's what she did.

"Winning at Saratoga never gets old. Every time you come here and win a race, it's always special."

Ian Wilkes, runner-up trainer of Fun (No. 8): "I'm very happy with her performance. I'm going to enjoy a drink with [owner] Dennis [Farkas] tonight and we'll decide where we go after that with her."

Junior Alvarado, runner-up jockey aboard Fun (No. 8): "I got a good trip. I was behind the winner the whole way. I guess I couldn't catch him. I thought I was second-best. She broke OK with the rest of them and I wasn't expecting anything else. I wanted to break a little off the pace and she allowed me to do that. When I asked, she was there for me."

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