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Quotes from the Toyota Blue Grass and Central Bank Ashland post position draws

April 5, 2016

$1 Million Toyota Blue Grass (G1) Post Position Draw Quotes from Connections of Entrants
 

Jerry Crawford, president of Donegal Racing (via e-mail to partners and friends of partners), owner of Donegal Moon; post 2, 5-1 morning-line odds):

“Love the draw as Donegal Moon will be among the first flight of horses and should get away clean from this post.”

Frank Shoop (co-owner of Cherry Wine; post 3, 12-1 odds)

“We got a good draw in this. That’s part of racing; sometimes you get a good draw and sometimes you get a bad draw. We got a bad draw last time (13 in the Rebel-G2 on March 19 at Oaklawn). I think we are in really good shape, and we are excited to be here.”

Charlie O’Conner (director of sales of Coolmore’s Ashford Stud, representing co-owners of Zulu; post 4, 5-2 favorite)

“We’re very happy with our spot, very happy with our draw.”

Paul Van Doren (owner of Crescent Drive; post 5, 20-1 odds)

“We are happy with the post position. This is a young colt, he’s strong and he is just beginning to develop. We think he has a chance. We have high hopes for our horse. Maybe if he runs good, he will be in the Kentucky Derby. We live in hope. This is a race for him to prove himself. This is his first race on the dirt. If we ever hope to run in the Kentucky Derby, he has to be able to run on dirt. This is a good way to find out.”

 

Steve Castagnola (racing manager of Albaugh Family Stable, owner of Brody’s Cause; post 6, 4-1 odds)

“On the way over (to Keeneland for the draw), I spoke to the owners – Jason Loutsch and Dennis Albaugh – and I said, ‘If you could hand-pick a post, what would you pick?’ They said, ‘We’d take 5, 6 or 7, so we split it and got the 6. We’re thrilled. He’s a horse that likes to come from off the pace. It looks like there should be enough pace in the race and hopefully our jockey, Luis Saez, can navigate a good trip from slightly off the pace.”

Eric Guillot (trainer of Laoban; post 7, 12-1 odds)

“He (Laoban) should be landing here shortly from California. He is coming into the race in good order. I like my draw here, and he is going to like the distance.”

Kevin Warner (of Warner Thoroughbreds, co-owner of Twizz; post 8, 30-1 odds)

“I asked (jockey) Mitchell (Murrill) what he wanted. He wanted (post) 4. When we got the 8 hole, I looked over at him and he said, ‘We’re OK there.’ We’re just glad we didn’t get farther out. When the 11, 12, 13, 14 went early, we were very happy.”

Charlie Boden (racing manager of Calumet Farm, owner of Goats Town; post 9, 20-1 odds)

“(Trainer D. Wayne Lukas) has always liked the horse. We’ve got one horse trained by a guy who loves to take shots and surprise us when nobody thinks he can win one and another one (Star Hill) with a conservative local guy (George “Rusty” Arnold) who brings them along slower. Both horses are doing great."

Rusty Arnold (trainer of Star Hill; post 13, 10-1 odds)

“There’s not a lot you say about the 13 hole. A few years ago I drew outside with Wicked Style and won (the Grade 1 Breeders’ Futurity in 2007), so we’ll see. You have to take what they give you.”

Chad Brown (trainer of My Man Sam; post 14, 10-1 odds)

“This horse is a late bloomer and he is training terrific. His two two-turn races have been terrific. He is running fast on numbers and he acts like a horse that has more room to improve. We are very disappointed with the post-position draw of the 14 hole. He will have his work cut out for him. He is an exciting horse. I don’t think the added distance (to 1 1/8 miles) will be a problem for him.”  

 

Ken Ramsey (co-breeder and -owner with his wife, Sarah, of also-eligibles Pinson and Hint of Roses)

“On Pinson, (we’re) definitely (running him in) the Lexington (G3) next week (April 16). Matter of fact, I would say if there is a scratch in the (Toyota Blue Grass) and Pinson does draw in, we would scratch (him) in favor of Hint of Roses, who is a horse that’s really improving. I thought he deserved a shot here. He fits more here as a maiden than Pinson does as a winner.”

 

$500,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1) Post Position Draw

April 5, 2016

Quotes from Connections of Entrants
 

Rusty Arnold (trainer of Weep No More; post 1, 20-1 odds)

“She comes from way out of it and that was probably the best spot she could get. She worked an easy half this morning in :49 and change.”

John Servis (trainer of Cathryn Sophia; post 3, even-money odds)

“Post position doesn’t make a lot of difference with five horses. She worked super here on Sunday and likes the track. This will be her first time going two turns and should she get the job done, it would give her a lot of confidence going into the Kentucky Oaks. And me, too.”

Case Clay (chief commercial officer of Three Chimneys Farm, owner of Carina Mia; post 5, 7-5 odds)

“It will be interesting. Carina Mia has matured a little bit and learned how to settle. She’s run on the lead every time but with only five horses it will be interesting to see who sets the pace. She likes this track and really kind of floated over it (Tuesday morning, when she worked three furlongs in :35.20, the fastest of 13 moves at the distance). Cathryn Sophia and Rachel’s Valentina will be very tough to beat but she’s training really well. She hasn’t run this year so this will be a test.”