TVG Acorn (G1) Quotes

December 10, 2019

Leah Gyarmati, winning trainer of Sweet Reason (No. 5): "After the Gazelle, I didn't like how she was looking. I pulled some blood on her. There were little things off, nothing major, probably just wear and tear from the winter. She probably took it harder than I thought she did going into the race. We just did a lot of work on that, lots of vitamins. There wasn't anything major."

"This time we had a fair shot with the pace, I thought. I thought that if that was my excuse last time, which I was hoping was my excuse, I thought maybe this time I'd get a chance to see, maybe, a different race set up for her."

Irad Ortiz, Jr., winning jockey aboard Sweet Reason (No. 5): "I got a perfect trip. Everything turned out perfectly. She broke, I sat, I waited, waited, waited and turned the corner and saved all the ground I could. Then, I got clear and she took off. Very nice."

Todd Pletcher, trainer of runner-up Sweet Whiskey (No. 4): "One [Sweet Whiskey] ran well and one [My Miss Sophia, favored] had an off day."

John Velazquez, jockey aboard runner-up Sweet Whiskey (No. 4): When I rode her at Keeneland, I said 'I'm going to do the same thing today - take her back, put her behind horses and hope she takes the dirt.' She was perfect. Perfect trip and we got outrun right before the wire."

Joel Rosario, jockey aboard third-place finisher Unbridled Forever (No. 7): "She came flying at the end. She was a little green in the beginning - the dirt hit her in the face and she backed up a little too far. She put in a nice run; it was a good race."

Javier Castellano, rider aboard beaten favorite My Miss Sophia (No. 8): "It wasn't her day today. She was in a good spot, but she didn't fire."

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