Quotes for the Grade I Secretariat Stakes
Rosie Napravnik (Admiral Kitten, 1st): “We were able to sit back and realx, that’s kind of the horse’s style. We got a clear trip around the second turn and he was just finishing fat. He;’s a very classy horse, very laid back, very enjoyable to ride.”
Mike Maker, trainer of winner Admiral Kitten
“After four second-place finishes we were due for a good trip one of these times. He had lost ground to the winners in those races, and Rosie saved ground on both turns here, and he came with his run. It worked out that Rosie was available.”
Alex Solis (Stormy Len, 2nd): “I can't complain. We sat exactly where I wanted to be, and he is the kind of horse who just keeps on at that same pace when he gets going. I was really happy at the top of the stretch, with them having to come and get me. He ran great.”
David Donk (trainer, Stormy Len): “It was a great run. It's a process, and he's still developing, and I'm impressed that he's as good as he is as a three-year-old. I wish he would have had a chance to see the winner a little bit sooner, but I'm happy for Rosie, and that winner is a nice horse.”
Joel Rosario (Jack Milton, 3rd): “He broke slow, and I had to rush a little bit to get position. Then we steadied a little bit turning for home, but he ran his race once we were going. With a better break we’d have done better. It hurts your momentum to have to use him up early and not relax.”
Gary Stevens (Draw Two, 4th ): "There was a lot of traffic, I had to bid my time longer than I would like. He finished with a powerful run."
Christophe Lemaire (Visiyani, 5th): “I had a very good trip just behind the leaders. The horse was traveling well. But, he found the trip to be a bit too long.”
E. T. Baird (Amen Kitten, 6th): "He ran a good race. I just got caught on the inside and I had to sit and wait longer than I wanted to. I was told to take him way back and I did, but when there are that many horses, you need a clean trip and we didn't get it, but he can run a bit."
Chris Hayes (First Cornerstone, 8th): “He took a good jump. I had nice position the whole way. They ran a good strong pace. They probably cut me off a bit when they quickened in the back. He kept going and fighting. I think he is sharp, streetwise and forceful and will adapt (to American racing).”
Andrew Oliver (trainer First Cornerstone):
Everything went well. We’ve been very well looked after by everyone at Arlington. He just got a little bit fractious when he saddled. He didn’t seem to show the same pace he usually has. He’s not a horse you’d consider short of pace and today he just struggled a bit. It just could be that the trip took more out of him. I expected more of a run. We wish Team Valor and the next team all the best.
Kent Desormeaux (Tattenham, 9th): “"He stayed in the gate, we had no chance."
Edgar Prado (Rydilluc, 11th): “The horse was very comfortable and then got a little pressure at about the half-mile pole. My horse picked it up but didn’t give me a sustained run late.”
“I can’t put a finger on what happened. He’s much better than he showed today.”
Florent Geroux (Bethel, 13th): "My horse broke well, I was inside the winner and three horses inside the 5/8 pole, and my horse just ran steady while the others went on. We passed a few at the end but it wasn't enough."