$500,000 Donn Handicap (G1) Quotes
Trainer Bill Mott (Lea):
"The horse that was on the lead wasn't the one that I thought would be there but it turned out the be the same type of trip that we thought we might be able to get. It's always a different challenge when you move to the dirt. I felt he was capable but the competition was stiff and we were in against a champion. We were good enough to beat him today.
"I saw when (Will Take Charge) broke free and I knew he'd be running at us. We were good enough to scoot away from him. It's a long year and the big races are at the end of the year and there's a lot of good racing in between. Right now I'd love to point him for the Whitney at Saratoga."
Dell Hancock/Claiborne Farm (Lea):
"Whenever you have a horse with Bill Mott, you know they're going to run well. We knew he'd run well and we thought he'd get the distance because of his pedigree but for him to run like that--it's exciting. (Bill) and Walker (Hancock) talked about it and said his numbers were really good on the dirt, so here we are.
"He's a homebred and he's the mare's first foal. and First Samurai stands at the farm of course."
Trainer D Wayne Lukas (Will Take Charge):
"We got blocked for a bit and couldn't get out, so we couldn't move as quickly as we wanted to. That's just horse racing. We also didn't have a race over the track, which turned out to be a disadvantage. They had to set a new track record to beat us, so that's all you need to know. Kudos to the winner."
Trainer Nicholas Gonzalez (River Seven):
“We wanted to be forwardly placed in the race and we were. Jockey Joe Rocco said he got banged around a little in the first turn. It just wasn’t River’s day. We had a good run; this horse has had a long season. He’s been going for a year almost without a rest, so he was a little out of sorts today.”
Jockey Luis Saez (Will Take Charge):
He got a good trip. He got good position. In the stretch, we tried to beat the other horse but he came running.”