Stakes Quotes:  Lecomte Stakes & Silverbulletday Stakes

December 10, 2019

GRADE III Lecomte Stakes

Corey Lanerie (jockey, Mo Tom, winner): “It was good, he broke really good and got pinched a little bit going into the first turn. We got knocked a little off stride there but he gathered himself up really good. Down the backside I was pretty confident, especially when I called on him to get in a little bit better position. On the middle of the turn I was going to try to maybe weave my way through but I had so much horse I said, ‘let me just put him in the clear.’”

Tom Amoss (trainer, Mo Tom, winner): “Great way to start his 3-year-old season. Today’s race was a mile and 70 (yards), I’m sure Corey (Lanerie) would agree, when the distance gets further, the better our horse is going to get so we’re really excited about that. I have to say Gayle Benson has been great, she’s a great owner and she gets a big assist from her partner Tom Benson. We’re really pleased, they’re both New Orleans natives – we’re really happy.”

Shaun Bridgmohan (jockey, Tom’s Ready, 2nd): “It was my first time on him and I wish I had known him a little bit better. He has a good turn of foot; good acceleration. He flattened out a little at the end, but he had made a big move.”

Miguel Mena (jockey, Uncle Walter, 3rd): “I had a great trip and a nice horse. He’s a little bit on the green side and I think there’s a lot more in there and we haven’t seen his best yet. He ran hard, I just think we got beat by horses who have more racing. He’ll be tough to beat next time.”

Julien Leparoux (jockey, Destin, 4th): “He’s still learning a little bit and green, but he came running at the end and finished strong.”

Silverbulletday Stakes

Florent Geroux (jockey, Stageplay, winner): “She’s a very intelligent filly. Very smart. She broke very sharply from the gate and from there I just sent her along. She did the rest and dragged me to the lead and collected the win.”

Steve Asmussen (trainer, Stageplay, winner): “She’s a very talented filly. I’m very fortunate to have her for Mr. Rutherford. She came in from GoldMark and they had the highest opinion of her and she’s definitely not disappointed.”

James Graham (jockey, Midnight on Oconee, 2nd): “I got a little bit of a breather coming out of the turn. Asmussen’s filly came at me and passed me, but I was getting back at her late. She’s hardy. She had to run to beat me.

Colby Hernandez (jockey, Jet Black Magic, 3rd): “I had a great trip. It set up exactly how we wanted and she ran a big race.”

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