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Spiral Stakes: Post Position Draw Reactions

3/24/2011

Gary Contessa trainer of Preachintothedevil (post 1):  “I love the one hole. The worst part about it is the amount of time he has to stand in the gate, but he’ll have the least amount of ground to cover to the first turn, and he won’t have anybody to his left to bother him. He doesn’t have to be rushed. I’m tickled to death with the one hole. I’m not a Polytrack trainer, but I know I have a good horse.  (The 15-1 morning line) makes me want to prove him wrong.  I think I have as good a horse as anyone in the race.  If he does well here, we might go to the Blue Grass, or maybe train up to Kentucky Derby.  Or I could show up in the Wood.  It’s all up to the horse.  I think he’s ready to run a big, big race. He’d never been over the Polytrack, but he had an opportunity to work over it (Wednesday).  I sent him four furlongs and got him in fifty (:50.40).  He had a beautiful, fluid motion, just floated over it.".

Positive Response’s trainer Billy Morey (post 2): “The post is fine. I like being the favorite for half a million dollars.”

Tom Albertrani, trainer of King Congie (post 8):  “He’s training really well up to the race and he’s coming off three wins. The post shouldn’t be a factor. It seems like he’ll drop behind the leaders and hopefully he’ll tuck into a nice position going into the first turn. My only concern is the Polytrack. He’s getting on a plane today, coming up from Palm Meadows, and will be there tonight.  We’ll get him out for a light jog tomorrow to get him out of his stall and stretch his legs, let him lope around the track.  He seems like he’ll relish the distance. He did an open gallop a few days ago, and he looks ready to go.”

WayneMogge, trainer of Taptowne (post 9):  “It’s perfect. If I had to choose, I’d have chosen the eight hole, so this is just one over.  It’s not so far inside that you get beat up to the first turn, and not so far outside that you get hung wide and have to commit a little earlier than you might prefer.”

David Koenig of Sand Dollar Stable LLC, which owns Twinspired in partnership with Alpha Stables and Skychai Racing LLC (post 11):  “We wanted the eight on out, so this is where we want to be. He doesn’t like to be down inside.  He wants to be in the clear by himself.  He’ll be in the five path down the backstretch, and then we’ll see how it goes from there. As soon as (Twinspired) stumbled out of the gate (in the Battaglia Memorial), I turned to Mike and said, ‘It’s over.' He came back with a cut on his hock—it was superficial—but it just wasn’t a good break.  We weren’t going to win it, but the trip cost us.”

Kellyn Gorder, trainer of Glint (post 12):  “It’s better to be in the 12 hole going a mile and an eighth than in the 11 hole going a mile and a sixteenth. You have that extra run to the first turn.  You can see what everybody else is doing.  Hopefully you’re not seven or eight wide going into the turn.  Hopefully you can use just a little speed, so you’re only three or four wide, or you can take back. We missed so much training at Oaklawn (because of inclement weather). Then he’d already won two races, so we needed a longer race for non-winners of three, and they couldn’t get a race to fill. So I was forced to run him short again (in the Mountain Valley Stakes).  I’m not training him to sprint.  He’s always trained like he would relax well and go long.  He has a high cruising speed. He got bumped at the start of (the Fitz Dixon Jr. Memorial Juvenile on synthetic track) and then down the backside a horse broke down in front of him, and he still got up to win.  He rated well in that race.  In the (Mountain Valley), my only concern was the slow pace.  He galloped out huge.”


--Quotes from Turfway Park press office

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