The Longines Just a Game (G1) Quotes

December 10, 2019

Bill Mott, winning trainer of Celestine (No. 8) along with fourth-place Lady Lara (No. 13) and 13th-place My Miss Sophia (No. 5): "This was a very impressive. She's [Celestine] gotten better as time goes on. She just drew away from a very good field. She's pretty fast. She tracked that filly today. She's rating well. She was very comfortable where she was in the race. I thought my other filly, My Miss Sophia, was in good shape and Lady Lara (in foal to Uncle Mo) was a little wide up on the outside and was fourth where she finished."

"We were one-hundredth of a second slower than the course record of Elusive Quality, who I also trained. That was a world record at the time."

"I don't know what's next for her. I haven't looked past tomorrow."

On beating a high quality field even though champion turf mare Tepin and Miss Temple City are at Ascot: "They might be lucky they were over there today."

Junior Alvarado, winning jockey of Celestine (No. 8): "It was a dream trip. With this kind of filly, she has speed and she can stalk a little bit, too. As soon as she broke, she broke very beautifully and after that I was just sitting on her. I waited until we turned for home to ask her. I couldn't ask for a better trip than that. It was like everything was just going perfect."

"I was expecting that because she was good. The first three strides when I asked her to run, I said, 'This is over.' There was no way any horse could be running faster than her. I just got her home. She just carried me all the way to the wire today."

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