$100,000 Hal's Hope (G3) Quotes
Trainer Bill Mott (Lea):
“We’ve had him about 60 days and initially we were pointing him to either the El Prado Stakes or the Fort Lauderdale, and then we started looking at it and examining his dirt form, which was pretty good. He’s got two races that are actually quite good. Discussing it with Walker Hancock (of Claiborne Farm), we both decided to give him a shot early in the year on the dirt just to see what direction we want to go the rest of the year.
“I think the way he ran gave us good reason for trying that (running on dirt again). Suppose now, we have to decide how far we want to run him. But he looks like he’s one of those unusual horses that handles turf and dirt. Obviously, there are some big races on the dirt. His dam ran a mile and three furlongs, a mile and a half, so he’s got a pedigree to run further. Samurai is doing well and starting to kick in as a stallion, so maybe he’s got the pedigree to carry him nine furlongs anyway.” (Donn Handicap?) “I was just kind of considering that. We’ll have to talk to the owners about that.”
Jockey Luis Saez (Lea):
“It went really well. My horse broke so good. We followed Csaba because I knew he was the horse to beat. At the three-eighths [pole], I had a lot of horse and when I asked him he ran. He handled the dirt really well.”
On his 1,000th win: “It’s amazing! I thank God. I need to thank the trainers, the owners and my agent, too.”