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Lambholm South Holy Bull Post-Race Quotes

Feb 4, 2017
Winning time: 1:42.52
Winning margins: 3 ¾, 5, 5 ¼  
Winning payoff: $10.80
Order of finish: Irish War Cry, Gunnevera, Classic Empire, Talk Logistics, Cavil, Perro Rojo, Shamsaan

Trainer Graham Motion (Irish War Cry, 1st): “There’s nothing quite like being involved in these 3-year-old races. It’s a great atmosphere here today. It’s what we all like to do. It’s pretty exciting.”

“He’s a really nice horse and I was obviously really high on him, but when you’re running against the juvenile champion, you have reservations. I was torn. I was toying with the idea of running in the Sam Davis [at Tampa Bay Downs, Feb. 11]. I thought it might be a little easier race, because he’s so lightly raced. But the more I looked at it, the way he was working, I just thought we had to take a shot today.”

“I kind of thought we’d inherit the lead. I told [jockey] Joel [Rosario] I wanted him to settle. I didn’t want to get to telling him what to do. I had a feeling we’d end up on the lead. I thought the favorite might be on the lead, but he inherited the lead and he was very confident.”

On $400,000 Fountain of Youth (G2), March 4 and the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) April 1 as possible targets – “I really haven’t gotten beyond today. I don’t know if I want to run in every race. It will be hard enough to run back in one of them, obviously, but we’ll figure it out.”

Jockey Joel Rosario (Irish War Cry, 1st): “I had a good trip. He broke sharp, very nice, and he decided he wanted to go on and I just let him be happy where he was. He ran a big race.”

“Graham [Motion] is a very good trainer. He always wants to keep his horses happy and do whatever they want and that’s what I tried to do. It looked like he was happy where he was. He was cruising along nicely, and he took them all the way.”

“He broke very nice. I thought the favorite was going to show some speed but it looked like he didn’t come out of there well  and I came out of there very well, so I just kept hold of  my spot where I was.”

“Actually he really kicked on again. He was in the lead and very comfortable and turning for home I asked him a little bit and he responded. I was very happy with that.”

Trainer Antonio Sano (Gunnevera, 2nd):
“I think it was a very good race. I think the last two furlongs, [jockey Javier] Castellano had a little bump but he ran good. I’m very happy with him.”

Jockey Javier Castellano (Gunnevera, 2nd):
“Unfortunately, there was no speed in the race. It didn't set up for my horse. After [trainer] Todd Pletcher scratched [Fact Finding], everything changed. You can say I put him close to try to get him in the race, but that's not his style. He needs to relax and make one big run. That's best for him.”

Trainer Mark Casse (Classic Empire, 3rd):
“He gets a little hot, but maybe hotter than normal, so I don't know. We will regroup. He had no excuse that way [in where he was positioned] ; none whatsoever. They kind of tried to pin him in a little bit on the first turn and [jockey] Julien [Leparoux] used a little bit of him. We had a good trip.”

Jockey Julien Leparoux (Classic Empire, 3rd): “We had a good trip. I got in the clear on the first turn and there was really no excuse. He came back good and we’ll see what happens. He got a little bit warm [warming up] but after that we a good trip and every chance and he just didn’t kick at the end.”

Jockey Paco Lopez (Talk Logistics, 4th): “The race was unbelievable. I didn’t want to make the lead and I was there between [Irish War Cry] and [Classic Empire]. After [Irish War Cry] made the lead I put him second and the favorite was outside of me. I moved my horse and he ran pretty good. He’s still improving.”

Jockey Nik Juarez (Perro Rojo, 6th): “Going into the race, [trainer Nick] Zito and I were happy with how the horse was working. I wasn’t disappointed with how he ran today. I have a better feel for him after today and I think we’re going to change a few tactics on him next time. We expect some good things out of this horse.”

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