Todd Pletcher Trained Audible Looks Kentucky Derby Bound

Todd Pletcher Trained Audible Looks Kentucky Derby Bound

Todd Pletcher (Audible, 1st): “The race unfolded with the pace that we were hoping for and we wanted to get some position into the first turn, which he was able to do beautifully. Just watching the race I was a little concerned at the five-eighths pole because he started to drop back a little bit, but I could tell Johnny wasn’t panicked. He kind of grabbed him up and sometime midway down the backstretch he started to pick up horses and I started to feel better and better. You could tell the pace up front had developed pretty swiftly so you felt like those horses were going to start to come back at some stage.”

Bill Mott (Hofburg, 2nd): “I think we’re all pleased. Naturally, winning would have been the only thing that would have been better but he ran well and he galloped out well. He took ak lot of dirt and he was very professionial. He did everything right. He was much more seasoned today when he came down here and was in the post parade and everything. He seemed to be more at home. We had hi down here for a few days. He was here since Wednesday so he had an opportunity to train her and school in the gate. He was much better. He was the perfect gentleman and a professional today.”

“We’ve certainly got to think about that [Kentucky Derby]. He ran well enough and galloped out good enough. I guess we’ve got to take everything into consideration but we’re certainly not going to rule anything out at this point.”

Nick Tomlinson-Alleyne, assistant to trainer Mark Casse (Mississippi, 3rd): “We were really happy with the way he was coming into this race and he ran well. It was tough catching Audible and Todd Pletcher in a race like this, but our horse gave it a good try. We’re very proud of him and think he ran well.”

Trainer Jonathan Thomas (Catholic Boy, 4th): “He had a great a set-up. He [Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr.] thought he could go with Audible, but when he asked – I won’t say he floundered, but he just didn’t go anywhere – he just kind of stayed on. He didn’t show the turn of foot I was hoping for. He had a great setup, perfect ride.”

Dale Romans (Storm Runner, 7th; Promises Fulfilled, 9th): “You live by the sword, you die by the sword. We went wire to wire last time, but that doesn’t mean we don’t regroup and go back in the Derby.”

Trainer Mark Hennig (Strike Power, 8th): “We kind of wanted to hold our position into the first turn, but they [Promised Fulfilled and jockey Robby Albarado] absolutely wanted the lead. I’m glad he [jockey Luis Saez] relented, or we would have been done at the half-mile pole. I thought it was important to hold our position going into the first turn but I thought the pace would be more reasonable.”


John Velazquez (Audible, 1st): “It played out the way I thought it was going to be. I talked to Todd and we thought there were the two horses with speed and Julien [Leparoux]’s horse [Mississippi] who was wearing blinkers for the first time so we figured he’d probably come out running. I wanted to come out running and I had to use my horse to get position on the first turn. I was in the spot I wanted to be in going into the backstretch and after that I was pretty happy. The only thing that concerned me was when he got to the backstretch he started backing up a little bit. I thought I was overdoing it so I had to give him a little chance on the backstretch to regroup again and once he got his stride back together and when he started moving again on the backstretch I was very happy with the way he was doing it.”

“Once he got to the horses on the lead I just tried to keep him busy down the lane and he kicked pretty good. I didn’t ride him last time but he way he ran today he was definitely impressive. [The distance] didn’t seem to bother him at all. I think the farther he goes the better he gets. I used him a little too much going into the first turn but by the time I got to the backstretch I had to give him a little break where he got to be comfortable again and then he started rolling. I was pretty happy after that.”

Jose Ortiz (Hofburg, 2nd): “Perfect trip, he did it like a champ. He proved a lot today and got beat by a good horse. I followed Audible the whole way, good trip and he behaved like a champ. I’m really happy with how he’s progressing, I think he’s a really nice horse.”

Julien Leparoux (Mississippi, 3rd): “I had a good trip. He broke sharp. They went very quick up front, but from my point of view I could drop into the first turn and he was traveling very good. At the half-mile pole he was loaded and he ran his race. He ran a great race.”

Irad Ortiz Jr. (Catholic Boy, 4th): “I got a perfect trip, I can’t complain. I had pace in front of me and I saved ground in the first turn like we wanted and when we got to the turn we stayed there and I waited and waited, and when I asked him he took some time to start going but he ran a good race.”

Edgard Zayas (Tip Sheet, 6th): “I had a good trip. My plan was to sit back and try to make one run. He finished strong and he’ll be a great horses here in the summer.”

Tyler Gaffalione (Storm Runner, 7th): “I had a great trip. We were able to save ground going into the first turn. The speed was going pretty quick in front of us and it set up nicely for us. When it came time to run, my horse just lacked that response, but he pulled up good and came back good, so we’ll look for another spot from here.”

Luis Saez (Strike Power, 8th): “I had the one post and he just broke running from there. Man, that was too quick, too fast, so I took him back but it was pretty quick. I got a lot of pressure from the outside. When we came to the seven I just take a hold because it was pretty quick, but thank God he came back OK.”

Robby Albarado (Promises Fulfilled, 9th): “It’s crazy because our strategy has been documented and publicized, that we’re going to the front at all costs. Luis Saez [on Strike Power] knew I was going to the front and those were my exact instructions, but going 21, 46 [seconds] was just too much pressure early on and both finished galloping out together. We could have gone 24 and 48 and it still would have just been the two of us on the backside, so I don’t understand the logic there, but he came back good. I took care of him.”

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