DAVID FLORES, RIGOLETTA, Winner: “I just tried to put her into a good position. She was in the bridle the whole way. She’s got one of those long strides so I was surprised she was so aggressive early. (Alonso) Quinonez (Tell a Kelly’s rider) was going to sneak in there but I just kind of put my filly back in there and boy is she game. When Tell a Kelly bumped her, it got her into the race more…she got aggressive and fought back. I thought I was going to get beat but that seemed to make her madder. Dan (Hendricks) just told me to ride with confidence and I think I had her in the perfect spot. I’m very proud of her.”
ALONZO QUINONEZ, TELL A KELLY, Second: “The reason I tried to go between horses is that she wasn’t going by the one in front (Indian Gracey) and I didn’t think I had enough horse to go around. I thought it would be easier just to push out Rigoletta a little bit and keep on going. She was working real good and everything set up perfectly for her, but we really didn’t have any excuses.”
JOE TALAMO, INDIAN GRACEY, Third: She ran great. Not bad for just breaking her maiden. She got right to the lead and put her ears up and relaxed. We’re going to have some fun with her down the road.”
DAN HENDRICKS, RIGOLETTA, Winner: “I think the reason she was a big price is she’s more of a grinder but going two turns sometimes that grinding works very well. She let the speed out ahead and closers can’t get to you all the time.
“When David won on her she kind of grab the bit and got out there but once she gets out there she relaxes and she does the same thing in her work. She’s not over-aggressive, she just kind of grabs the bit like, “OK, let’s go but as soon as he gets her settled she’s fine. She was a little more on the bit that I wanted but felt real confident in it.”
“My vote is we run (in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies on Nov. 5 at Churchill Downs). No guts no glory. You’re going for the championship. I’d love to go.”
JOHN SADLER, TELL A KELLY, Second: “She ran well. She kind of had to come on the rail all the way and come between horses. Maybe she was little compromised by the trip but we thought she ran a good race. We’re disappointed not to win but we’ll probably go on to the Breeders’ Cup”
JERRY HOLLENDORFER, INDIAN GRACEY, Third: “She had everything her way so she really had no excuse. I thought she ran well against real decent horses. We’re pleased with her effort.”Notes: Rigoletta ($67.40) was the largest priced winner in the 42 year history of the Oak Leaf…The previous high was Cut Class, who paid $63.60 when she won as part of an entry in 1974…Flores has won the Oak Leaf four times, leaving him one behind leader Chris McCarron….Flores’ other victories had all come for trainer Bob Baffert: Chilukki (1999), Excellent Meeting (2000) and Diamond Omi (2005).
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