$150,000 Suwannee River (G3) Quotes
Trainer Rodolfo Garcia (Parranda):
“When you ride these riders, you don’t really tell them much. The only thing I said was, ‘Jose, there is no speed.’ He said, ‘I know.’ After the race, he said, ‘I was going to the lead, regardless,’ so he knew, too. It worked out well. I saw the fractions and I knew they were going to go slow, even though they tried to pick it up a little bit. I see a 25, just easy, and 51, and she’s going to be up close anyway because when you go that slow and you have a horse than can now rate with no pace.
“Now there’s no restricted races. There were a couple of horses that beat me before that were not in this race, but there were a couple of other nice horses in there and she did it convincingly. We’ll see what happens now and look at options.
“She loves it here. We’ll see. They have tried to buy here but at the end, something has happened. Maybe after today, I don’t want her to sell but if the price is right. There was enough money but at the end apparently something happened and they didn’t buy her. But, the price keeps rising. Now you’ve won a Grade 3, the price is not the same.
“Her first start was at Gulfstream. I only paid $13,000 for her and she galloped that race. She had a couple of issues here and there, so we sent her home and she came back. She had another issue and had to be sidelined, and when she came back this last time every single race has been good. When we came back last year, she hung around for a while. I ran her for $50,000 and if I had known how good she was going to be afterward I would not have done it, but you take your chances after horses come off a big layoff.”
Jockey Jose Lezcano (Parranda):
“I checked out the race and did my homework and didn’t see any speed. She broke clean and I tried to slow down the pace as much as I could. She’s the kind of filly, no matter what position she’s in, she’s going to finish. She has a lot of talent.”
Fractions: :25.12, :51.27, 1:15.33, 1:37.93, 1:49.07. Course firm.