Quotes for the $400,000 American St. Leger Stakes
Colm O’Donoghue (rode Jakkalberry, winner) – “Mrs. Botti was very confident in him. They said he is in good form, he gave me a lot of confidence rating him, we expected a good run. My horse was the class he can really run.
Darren Dance (owner Jakkalberry, winner): “I never heard that I only got here late last night. We’re confident the horse was in good order. It’s a credit to the Bottis and the whole thing back home to turn the horse out. He was just too strong.
Jeffrey Sanchez (rode Ioya Bigtime, 2nd) – “He ran great. He gives me everything he has. I’ll get ‘em next time! He’s a great horse, I love him, he loves me, and he gives me everything he’s got.” Chris Block, trainer of Ioya Bigtime: (says to Jeffrey “Great job Jeffrey, great ride.”
William Buick (rode Zuider Zee, 3rd) – He ran well. He hit a flat spot, it didn’t affect him much today. These tight-turning tracks are not ideal for him, and he’s better with a little more cut in the ground.
Les Reynolds, asst to John Gosden (Zuider Zee, 3rd): “William Buick was very happy with the horse, he said he ran the race of his life. The winner is a very nice horse, he’s well clear on the form. We came into this race we were hoping for a chance and he ran well.
Graham Motion (trainer of Lake Drop, 4th): “"He ran even. I thought it was respectable run. We were in good position turning for home, and he ran on OK but no excuses. It'd be interesting to try dirt. He still has his conditions, so we'll look at that, and maybe the Breeders' Cup Marathon down the road."
Ramon Dominguez (jockey of Late Drop, 4th): “"He felt good turning for home and kept his pace but didn't quicken. He didn't get tired."
Doug O'Neill (trainer of Lumberyard Jack, 7th): “[Jockey Mario Gutierrez] gave a great ride saving ground and sitting just outside the pace. He just ran out of horse."