Quotes for the Grade I Secretariat Stakes
Alain de Royer-Dupre (trainer Bayrir, winner) – “I think he’s a very good horse, because he’s very calm, as you saw before the race. We had a good pace in the race, and he has a good turn of foot.”
Christophe Lemaire (jockey, Bayrir, winner) – “It wasn’t the plan (to be far back early) but the race started out very quickly. I let my horse get into the race. On the backstretch, he was racing very well and he took the bit on his own around the last corner. When I put him out he reacted very well. He’s a very clever horse. He’s a very classy horse.”
Dale Romans (trainer, Finnegans Wake, 2nd) –“He gets better all the time. He ran a big race. He’s an improving horse, getting better all along. I think he’ll continue to improve.”
Jose Lezcano (jockey Finnegans Wake, 2nd) – "At the eighth pole I had horse and a hole closed. Soon as it opened he had an opening he went right through it. He felt great."
Christophe Clement (trainer, Summer Front, 3rd) - "We finished third, and we'll live to fight another day. He's a nice horse. He tried, and third is OK. No excuse. We tried 1 1/4 miles, and he ran nice. We'll pick out a good spot for him."
Ramon Dominguez (jockey, Summer Front, 3rd): "He seemed like he got a little tired in the final 3/16."
Mario Gutierrez (Handsome Mike, 4th) – “I didn’t want (Silver Max) to get too far in front but I got a perfect trip. I got no excuse.”