$100,000 Kitten's Joy Quotes
Trainer Chad Brown (Storming Inti): “I was going to ask Ken (Ramsey) if we get a season to the stallion if we won the stake, but I think all we’re getting is a trophy. He’s not giving those away.
“He’s shown us that in the morning in his works. He just doesn’t like to be passed. We saw that early on with the horse, and in his last race he was hooked in the lane in his dirt race and he came back. He had a stiffer test from a better racehorse today and he showed up. I thought Alan really nursed him down the backside and reserved some energy for the stretch battle. It all worked out great.
“My plan A was if we could get loose on the lead and cut a 48 and change half, and that’s what happened. Plan B was if somebody was super intent on getting the lead, I think this horse can sit in the pocket and just wait for an opening when they turn for home, and I was OK with either. Thankfully, he made the lead and was left alone the first part. He’s got such a big heart, and they really battled all the way down the lane.
“We’ll just have to see how he comes out of it. If he’s going to need that little extra time to recover, I’m not sure. But we have the whole rest of the year and a wonderful ownership group that lets me operate, so we’re under no pressure to run the horse back anytime soon. He’ll tell me.”
Jockey Alan Garcia (Storming Inti): “That was a very exciting race. On paper there was no speed, so Chad said, ‘Whatever you decide is fine with me. If you get in front, slow it down and try to steal it.’ I didn’t get nervous. I had a good feeling in my horse. He broke a step slow and I wanted to be patient for the last part. It’s unbelievable how game this horse is. Last time (in the Pulpit Stakes), he did the same thing to me—he likes playing with the other horses and at the last minute he decides to run. He’s a game horse and he’s very hard to beat. Javier (Castellano, on We Miss Artie) couldn’t decide who won, because my horse had his head up, then his horse had his head up. I told him, ‘I think I can beat you this time.’ I thought I had enough horse.”
Fractions: :23.99, :48.64, 1:12.30, 1:36.05, 1:42.34.