$251,000 - Matriarch - Grade I - 32nd Running - 1 Mile (Turf)

Jockey and Trainer Quotes
Posted 12.01.13 at 4:06

Jockey Quotes

MARTIN GARCIA, EGG DROP, Winner: “The race set up as we planned. I let her break cleanly and she was running very comfortably and when I asked her to go she responded. (Discreet Marq) went by me very easily at the top of the stretch, but my filly never gave up and came back. That was a very tough race and she was able to get the job done.’’

RAFAEL BEJARANO, DISCREET MARQ, Second: “I was laying second very comfortable about a couple of lengths off the leader and I moved when I had to move. My filly gave me a big kick in the stretch, but the other horse came back on and we got ran down.”

JULIEN LEPAROUX, BETTER LUCKY, Third: “I had a very good trip. No excuses. She ran hard. She tried hard and no excuses.”
Trainer Quotes

MIKE MITCHELL, EGG DROP, Winner: “These are good fillies, Grade I, and they’re never going to give you an easy one. She got headed and came on again—just did it on guts. Putting her on the lawn was the key. She kind of scooted over it really nice. I know her sire goes with turf horses. Her plans for next year are up in the air.”

BILLY KOCH (Founder/Managing Partner, Little Red Feather Racing), EGG DROP, Winner; “I’m going to celebrate this right now. I know her value right now is about as high as it’s ever going to be. I’ll talk to the partners and I’ll talk to (Mitchell) and see how she comes out of this race and then we’ll make a decision about (whether to breed her) next year. No decision has been made right now. She’s just awesome. She’s won on turf, she’s won on dirt, she’s won on Polytrack, she’s won on Cushion—every single surface that’s out here. She’s won from six furlongs to a mile and a sixteenth. There are 15 partners, mostly from around here, but some from all over the country. Mike and Laura Sibo, this is the one horse they have with us so I’m trying to get them in every single partnership we have. They also own a piece of (Breeders’ Cup Classic winner) Mucho Macho Man. They are the luckiest owners in the history of horse racing.”

CHRIS LORIEUL (Asst. to Cristophe Clemente), DISCREET MARQ, Second: “She ran her heart out. She always tries. I thought it set up perfectly. I thought (Egg Drop) would go to the lead and we’d be stalking either in second or third. It worked out OK—turning for home she had plenty left and she came running, but again just bad luck.”

JIMMY BELL (Representative of Godolphin), BETTER LUCKY, Third: “She ran her race and put in a heck of a kick. They might have gotten away with easy enough early fractions. Sometimes you need help with a little bit more speed out there. But she sure closed and was inching toward them every step of the way.”

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