The Woody Stephens (G2) Quotes

December 10, 2019

Dallas Stewart, winning trainer of Tom's Ready (No. 9): "That was a great ride, wasn't it? The way he [ jockey Joel Rosario] rode this horse, was like an [Angel] Cordero ride. He came running. I took a shot taking the blinkers off because he looks around. I took them off for his work and he worked good. It's like Wayne Lukas always taught us; don't be afraid to take a shot. Make a change sometimes and see what happens."

On the decision to cut back in distance from 1 1/4 miles to 7 furlongs: "I thought he's be laying fourth or fifth and make that punch, but obviously he likes this one-turn stuff, laying back and moving strong like this. I think we'll keep him at one turn. He won't run a lot more. He's run hard all year. I'm going to freshen him up and point him to maybe the King's Bishop at Saratoga and then the Breeders' Cup [Sprint]."

Joel Rosario, winning jockey of Tom's Ready (No. 9): "I could see they were drifting out, so I kind of took a position to get inside, because at that time I didn't want to stop the momentum. He was coming and running really hard at the end. I just didn't want to stop him."

"He was very comfortable back there. I was a little far back, more than I thought. But I figured they were probably going a little quicker, and just let him be happy where he was, and thought, hopefully, [the speed] comes back to him in the end. He really put in a nice run at the end."

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