*JOEL ROSARIO, ACCLAMATION, Winner “*He was nice and relaxed all the way, just galloping. When I asked him to go, he just took off. He was much the best today. I knew that other horse (All Saint) always goes to the lead, but if he didn’t, I was prepared to go. I could see (All Saint) was a little rank, so I knew I could take more time before I asked my horse. This was the first time I rode him, but I was on him a couple of times in the morning a long time ago and I knew he was a good horse.”
GARRETT GOMEZ, FALCON ROCK, Second: “I wanted to go after the winner early, but at the time my horse wasn’t traveling the way I wanted him to travel, so I just used him to keep my cover a little longer. When we turned for home I popped him out and he just kind of stayed the one pace.”
MIKE SMITH, HAIMISH HY, Third: “My horse comes from out of it, so there wasn’t much I could do. I was hoping those two hooked up, but they didn’t. The winner was pretty much in his own race.”
DONALD WARREN, ACCLAMATION, Winner: “It was a perfect plan today. We always knew the horse could sit second, as long as he’s not shuffled around and bumped around. He doesn’t like to be bothered too much and doesn’t like to be hit with the stick. Finally we got a race that set up for him, and it was done right. He’s easily rateable and he’s such a natural mile and one-half horse.”
SIMON CALLAGHAN, FALCON ROCK, Second: “He ran well, just a better horse won really.”
ART SHERMAN, HAIMISH HY, Third: “It was a paceless race and it was hard on my horse. I was hoping they’d ding dong a little up front, but it didn’t happen. He tries hard.”
Notes: Acclamation joins On the Acorn (2007-2008) as a two time winner of the Murray…The margin of victory was seven lengths, compared to the record 7 ½ Acclamation won by in 2010…The final time of 2:25.63 was nearly a second faster than Acclamation ran last year (2:26.59).
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