Wood Memorial (G1) Quotes

December 10, 2019

Kiaran McLaughlin, winning trainer of Frosted (No. 4): "This has been a top, special project for my team, my brother, the grooms, etc. We know he has a ton of ability and the last race really made us scratch our heads, asking 'why?' He would go to the lead and throw his head up and stop. We did everything we could to change everything we possibly could that we thought went wrong, including the jockey just because we were changing everything. It all worked out and it's just a special win for our team and Godolphin because he's a homebred [by Tapit] and it enhances his resume by winning a race like the Wood."

Joel Rosario, winning jockey aboard Frosted (No. 4): "He broke fine. He didn't break that sharp and I didn't really want to send him out of there and be on the lead. He was always there for me. I tried to get him to the outside, where he'd be comfortable. The whole way, he was taking me. That was a very good race. I wasn't concerned with the [No. 7] because I know when you ask him, he's always there for you. (Derby mount?) I hope so."

George Weaver, trainer of runner-up Tencendur (No. 7): "I thought we had it turning for home and opened up, but I was watching from the ground [level] and I couldn't see what Kiaran's horse was doing. We ran big. We were happy."

Kentucky Derby? "I'm from Louisville and I'd love to run in the Derby. As long as the horse is in good shape, I'd be inclined to go."

Jose Ortiz, jockey aboard runner-up Tencendur (No. 7): "He went so good, we were right where we wanted to be at 49 seconds. At the 3/8 pole, I asked him to go just a little bit because I know we went easy and he responded really well and I thought we were home until Frosted and Joel [came along]. He's a horse that's going to keep improving and develop further. "

John Terranova, trainer of third-place finisher El Kabeir (No. 5): "He was running at the end. I watched him gallop out and he passed everybody. He was finishing really well but there wasn't any pace to soften up the front runners. We'll see how he is and figure it out from there. If he comes back out of this well, I think we'll get a lot stronger pace in a race like the Derby, and he can sit back and close. He's done that twice. I thought he made up a lot of ground there in the stretch."

C. C. Lopez, jockey aboard third-place finisher El Kabeir (No. 5): "I was okay most of the race, the only glitch was he kinda got himself a little further back than I wanted him going to the half-mile pole. Other than that I think he ran the race he was supposed to run, just not a lot of pace to run at. The last time [Gotham Stakes] they ran at least two ticks quicker than this time. So I think overall he did run his race and I hate to give him pace as an excuse but I think he ran his race. I can't take nothing away from Frosted."

Javier Castellano, jockey aboard beaten favorite and fourth-place finisher Daredevil (No. 6): "It wasn't perfect for us, the fractions were really slow but we had a good pace and a good rhythm. I was really kind of surprised at how he finished the race. I really don't know why. He seemed fine. He pulled up good. But I couldn't go with the rhythm at the 3/8 pole and when I tried to move and go with the other horse, I couldn't keep up with them. I didn't finish today. I just didn't have it."

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