Quotes For The Grade I Arlington Million XXXI
Alan Garcia (Real Solution, official winner): “Well, he broke really good, first two and a half I took him back out of there, he was nice and relaxed. At the top of the stretch I had plenty of horse, to go by and the other horse bumped us more than four times, made me lose my momentum. If that didn’t happen we might have won by two or three lengths.”
Christophe Soumillon (The Apache, first through line but disqualified and placed second): “As you can see, we were the better horse, but he got scared by the screen and shifted out. You see my horse was on the lead and got a little unbalanced, the screen scared him, but we were the best horse.”
Jamie Spencer (Side Glance, 3rd): "I had a beautiful run until the straight and then they played bumper cars. I was following Little Mike and then the (disqualified) winner (The Apache) chopped him off, so I lost my momentum."
Robby Albarado (Finnegans Wake, 4th): “All except turning for home I wish I could have conserved a little ground, there. I went around one of the Euro horses and he kind of sling-shotted me out there. He might have cost me third. He ran a huge race, though.”
Joel Rosario (Little Mike, 6th): "I was in the lead, and kind of got bothered a little bit on the outside. I tried to be cool for a little bit, let him go, but it didn't help."
Carlo Vaccarezza (owner, Little Mike, 6th): “It wasn’t meant to be. Joel told me there was a lot of pressure. The other horses kept rushing him and rushing him. Joel was committed; it’s just racing luck. We didn’t expect the European horses to put the pressure on him.”
William Buick (Grandeur, 7th): “The ground was too fast for him. If you described that course in Europe it would be ‘hard.’ He just never felt comfortable and never let himself out.
Jeremy Noseda (trainer, Grandeur): “Looks like my horse didn’t fire. I don’t really know. I would just leave it that he didn’t fire.”
Joseph O'Brien (Mull of Killough, 8th): "We had a nice position, the ground was just too firm for him."
Martin Harley (Guest of Honour, 9th): “I think the ground was too quick. He just never felt comfortable. He never picked up once for me. He traveled ok, he just never picked up once.”
Ryan Moore (Hunter's Light, 10th): "Unfortunately my horse was hanging badly left the entire way and he couldn't get himself out. My horse was racing steady."
Rosie Napravnik (Rahystrada, 11th): "We got the trip we wanted, today just wasn't his day. We got the position I wanted, but it wasn’t his day; it wasn’t his day.”
E. T. Baird (Nates Mineshaft, 12th): “He didn’t break the way he normally does. He just kind of came out of the gate. It wasn’t that he was left, he just didn’t break like himself. Little Mike had a length on me the first jump. I could’ve gone up and dueled with him, but that wouldn’t have done either of us any good. I figured I could just sit in second and try to make a run at them late, but that isn’t this horse’s game.”
Gary Stevens (Indy Point, 13th): “He didn’t like the ground at all. He warmed up fresh; I think the quick turn around and excitement got to him. He had a good feel to him the first time through, but then didn’t like it and was protecting himself. I eased up on him and let him gallop out.”