Sword Dancer Invitational (G1) Quotes

December 10, 2019

H. Graham Motion, trainer of winner Main Sequence (No. 4):"That was worrying. But when they went so quick, I felt a lot better. [Jockey] Rajiv [Maragh] did a great job. I told him if he doesn't break don't worry about it, and that's what he did. [Breaking slowly] has been his trait all along. I talked to [former trainer] David Lanigan about it a lot, and there's really not a whole lot we can do to change him at this stage. Last time, he wasn't quite as bad as today. He was a little antsy in the gate today; that didn't help."

"It really helps a horse like this when they go an honest pace in these races, and so often they don't. But I think [the :47 and change] helped him. It's going to be tough for him. When he's running against these kind of horses, if he's going to spot them those kind of lengths it's going to be tough."

"[Watching the stretch run I was] just hoping he gets there. I didn't think he got there, actually. I really didn't think he got there, so when I saw the rerun, I was thought it was unbelievable."

"He just thrived after his last race. He looks better, he trained better. He seems like a happy horse. I knew he was a really good horse, but you don't expect to win these kinds of races off the bat like this."

Rajiv Maragh, winning jockey aboard Main Sequence (No. 4): "It seemed like we got there [at the wire], and fortunately we did. Graham's done a great job with him, adapting him to American racing. He fits right in. He's shown that he's got a lot of talent and I think it only gets better from here, hopefully."

"He broke slowly. He was a little unsettled in the gate like he tends to be. He broke slower than I was hoping, but he kind of just adapted after that and everything kind of fell into place. I just wanted to get into a nice flow. After he ran about a sixteenth of a mile, he got into his rhythm, his speed. I just wanted make the horse tell me when was the right time to go. Coming off the turn, he was like, 'Let's go,' so we went. He was full of run. I know we were catching two good horses and they weren't going to go down too easily. But he was full of run and it seemed like we might have just gotten there right on time."

Shug McGaughey, trainer of runner-up Imagining (No. 5): "He's always been funny with his leads in the stretch. I don't know whether it's the [tote] board or what. He ran a great race. He did all the work; a good horse beat us. I'm disappointed he lost, but I'm not disappointed in his effort."

Joel Rosario, jockey on runner-up Imagining (No. 5): "I had a good trip. I probably thought he was going to be following somebody. But, I ended up being on the lead. He tried hard. He just got beat by a horse who is really going good right now."

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