$200,000 Mac Diarmida (G3) Quotes

$200,000 Mac Diarmida (G3) Quotes

02/15/2014

Trainer Tom Albertrani (Twilight Eclipse):

“He seems like he’s matured quite a bit. He seems like he’s filled out some this year. Hopefully, we can have another big year ahead of ourselves.               

“We were thinking Alpha might go and we knew the five (Bingo Bango Bongo) might kind of put a little pressure on him. We were in a good spot. I just wanted him to ride with confidence, let Alpha go if he wanted to go and put yourself in position. We were granted the lead last time. I didn’t want to put the horse in the position where he’s going to be a target for everyone to go chasing after. Ride with confidence, take him back where his normal running style would be, and go from there.               

“Did you see when he came back? He couldn’t pull him up. This horse, just never gets tired. The longer the better. That’s the whole key with him. That’s what we saw when we ran him in New York in the Temperence Hill. That’s what made me think about going long. He ran off to the backside of Belmont. Rosario couldn’t pull him up until he got to the five-eighths pole at Belmont, so he ran off like a mile after the race. Coming back, he ran off again. I’m thinking, ‘We can go long with this horse.’                

“We’re all talking about going to Dubai with him. We got the invite to go, depending on the outcome today. I think that’s the way we’re going to go, to the Golden Shaheen.”                     

Jockey Jose Lezcano (Twilight Eclipse):

“I got a very good trip. I got the position that I wanted behind the two horses with speed. I waited as long as I could  and when I asked him he gave me a strong run.”