Woodward (G1) Quotes

December 10, 2019

Todd Pletcher, trainer of winner Liam's Map (No. 2) and runner-up Coach Inge (No. 6): "The Whitney was as tough a loss as you'll experience. He ran an unbelievable race that day and everything he indicated to us from that time until today was that he was ready to come back over and put forth another big effort. I'm just happy to see him get that Grade 1 that he deserves so much."

"The opening fractions were very much in his favor, and he has that style where he can get into a cruising speed and just keep carrying it. The thing that he did after he went that 47 and 1 is he came back with another 23 and change to go 1:10 and change and then 1:34 and change. He just gets into that rhythm and he just runs horses off their feet."

"I'll tell you, Coach Inge ran unbelievable. It was a super, super effort. Good enough to win a lot of Woodwards."

Note: Pletcher also saddled fifth-place finisher Mylute (No. 5) and eighth-place finisher Protonico (No. 8)

Javier Castellano, winning jockey aboard Liam's Map (No. 2): "On the backside, when I saw the horse was relaxed, I knew we were going comfortably. In the beginning, I had to use him a little bit to dictate the pace. I had the inside post [so] I had to go to the lead with the horse. When I got to the lead and dictated the pace, by the half-mile he began to relax and I was thinking I could win the race. Liam's Map put in a great effort today."

On his fifth Grade 1 victory of the meet: "I'm very lucky and very fortunate to be in that spot. I expected to have a great meet, but I think I was in the right place at the right time and everything fell into place. I had a lot of support; from owners and trainers and my agent."

John Velazquez, jockey aboard second-place finisher Coach Inge (No. 6): "We got a perfect trip; broke well, stalked the No. 2 horse [Liam's Map] and made a move in the stretch but we were just second best."

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