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$200,000 Claiming Crown Jewel Quotes

Dec 5, 2015
Trainer Rudy Rodriguez (Royal Posse, Mr Palmer): “He’s been an amazing claim since Day 1. He’s very, very sound. I tell all my owners we got very, very lucky to get him that day. I just have to thank Mr. Dubb for giving me the opportunity to claim horses for him.”
“He’s run a couple good races on the muddy track and the sloppy track, so I really was not worried. I was surprised my other horse almost beat him because my other horse ran a couple times in the slop and he didn’t run that good. We got the two horses ready and they showed up very nice. That was very good for us to see both horses run 1-2.”
“I was like, ‘Come on, boys. Come on, boys.’ Everything worked out good for us today. Thank God for the owners to give us the opportunity to train for them.”
“Right now we’re going to take them back home and give them five, six, seven, eight weeks and then we’ll regroup with them and see how they come out of these races. I’ll talk to the owners and make a plan with them and take it from there. I’m very happy with both horses.”
Jockey Javier Castellano (Royal Posse): “The way I handicapped the race, there was a lot of speed. It was important to get good position because, unfortunately, I had the [11] hole. I had to save a little ground on the first turn. But then everything worked out by the three-eighths pole. I was able to angle in and cut the corner and he gave me a good, powerful kick. I was just the pilot. Basically, Rudy [Rodriguez] did all the work--he claimed the horse, he trained him. He does everything the right way and I think the way he developed the horse is fantastic.”

[On four Claiming Crown wins] “I’m very lucky, very blessed. I feel at home here. Gulfstream has been very good to me. The fans, the people, the trainers, the owners always support my career. This is where I started riding horses in the States, in Florida. The people have been very good to me. They give me fast horses to ride and I feel very blessed.”

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