Quotes for the Grade I Arlington Million
Carlo Vaccarezza (owner/breeder of winner Little Mike): “If anyone asks, we can go a mile and a half. To be honest I was on pins and needles, nobody believed in this horse. You know the horse better than anyone else. This horse ran tremendously. Dale Romans did a fantastic job."
Dale Romans (trainer of winner Little Mike): "I felt good about him, he training so well, and his two best races were a mile and an eighth, and nobody thought he could go a mile and an eighth. So a little different pace scenario, when you go three-quarters in 1:15 he's going to be hard to catch."
Ramon Dominguez (Little Mike, winner) – “He was running very comfortable. Turning for home when I decided to let him run, he beautifully started opening up. I wasn’t sure how slow we were going. I got to the three-eighths pole and he started to open it up. I tried to slow him down to this point (before) but from now on I’m going to let him spring home. He galloped home like a freight train. It feels great (to win my second Arlington Million). I was hoping I could win some of the other races today but it just didn’t work out that way.
About Aruna stumbling at the start of the Beverly D. – “She just stumbled. I don’t know what happened there and then we were last the whole way.”
Kieren Fallon (Afsare, 2nd) – "I know what was happening [with eventual winner Little Mike setting a slow pace], and there was nothing I could do. I had to ride my horse to win, and there was no pace. His antics [rearing before the start] didn't cost him. He just acts like a spoiled child sometimes and didn't want the gate. He has a big race in him."
William Buick (Colombian, dead heat for 3rd) – “Was I third again? He gave a good run. He probablu ran the race of his life. We’re certainly happy. You’d like to win everytime you go out there, but I’ll settle for what I got today (three third-place finishes). I couldn't be happier with what an honest race he ran. [Trainer John Gosden] did a fantastic job with this horse."
Jamie Spencer (Treasure Beach, 6th) – “He got squeezed out at the start, the race was over after that.”
James Graham (Willcox Inn, 8th) – “Perfect trip. Just couldn’t keep up with them. Maybe a little too far for him.”
Mike Stidham (trainer Willcox Inn, 8th) – “We answered the question about a mile and a quarter. I think it’s a little far for him. He can go a mile, a mile and an eighth. Plenty of spots for that.”
Colm O’Donoghue (Crackerjack King, 5th) – “He travelled very well. He really needed firmer ground, but he ran a very solid race. He handled the ground good and traveled well, but he really needs more firm going to fire his best shot."