Racing & Wagering

Arlington Million Quotes

Churchill Downs Communications | 08/09/2008 #

Arlington Million XXVI Quotes


Ioritz Mendizabal (jockey, Spirit One, 1st):  “I took the lead because I wanted to run my race and he responded very well for me.  He quickened when I asked him to, so I never saw what was happening behind me. Then all I had to do was make sure he made it around the two turns, and I thank the trainer for getting him ready to do that and bringing him all the way over here to win.”


Philippe Demercastel (trainer, Spirit One, 1st): On berth to Breeders’ Cup “Why not? We’ll take him home, give him time off and definitely come back to the U.S for racing.  I’ve been tempted for awhile, especially with this horse to try American racing.”


Kevin Shea (jockey, Archipenko, 2nd) “Johnny (Murtagh aboard Mount Nelson) had me in (trapped) all the way around, and when it was time to go I begged him to let me go and he wouldn’t let me through.”


Trainer Michael de Kock of Archipenko (about his horse’s troubled trip) “There was no need for Johnny to keep us in like that.” 


John Murtagh – (jockey, Mount Nelson (GB), 3rd) – “I had a good trip. I secured a pocket on the rail and was where I wanted to be. At the half-mile pole, I thought we were going to get there. We just couldn’t get to the winner.”


On his third in the Beverly D. – “We had a lovely trip.”


Rene Douglas: (Silverfoot, 4th)  – “I’m not going to lie; I wasn’t on the best horse today. It took a little bit to get him going, but once he got going he started to roll. The others were not going to back up enough for us. We just were not going to beat the other horses today; there were some nice horses in that race.


Robby Albarado (Einstein, 5th) – “I had a horrible trip. He stumbled coming out of the gate and it took him out of his race. I was going to forwardly placed on a :48 half. I don’t know if it would have changed the outcome, but it (the break) did cost him the race.”


Julien Leparoux:  (Stream Cat, 6th): “He ran a good race.  He was third or fourth all the time behind the leader.  He was relaxed , but at the end, he didn’t have any kick. Not much excuse today.”


Ramsey Zimmerman (Cloudy’s Knight, 7th): “I don’t know what happened.  His breathing didn’t sound too good, that’s never been a problem before.  I don’t know why he was laid off so long, but he hasn’t come back like before.”