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Connections: Blue Grass Post Position Draw Reactions


Norm Casse (son of and assistant to trainer Mark Casse, trainer of Dynamic Sky, post position 1): “Most trainers would be upset to have the one hole, but the game plan was going to be to have him fall out of there -- and you want to be on the rail anyway when you're coming from out of it -- so I have no problem with being on the rail with Dynamic Sky. That's what he's going to do: He's going to come back and go right to the rail anyway. He's going to circle the field, more than likely, and hopefully be passing horses late.”

Rodolphe Brisset (assistant to Bill Mott, trainer of My Name Is Michael, post 2): “We are going to put blinkers on him for this race. He has been breaking well but pulling himself back. This is a good post. He can save ground and stalk and we will see what we have.”

Gatewood Bell (racing manager for Wes Welker, owner of Undrafted, post 3): “I think it is perfect. He will be forwardly placed. It will give him an opportunity to jump out there and get into the first turn. He might be on the lead or right off it.”

Ken McPeek (trainer of Java’s War, post 4): “He has had some slightly rough trips, but he can handle it with his running style. He’s going to have to weave his way through in here.”

Todd Pletcher (trainer of Palace Malice, post position 5, and Charming Kitten): “We’re very happy with (post position 5). He has enough tactical speed to get in good position, and Garrett can take it from there. He ran a much better race in the Louisiana Derby than the finish showed. We’re hoping for a smoother trip this time.”

John Stuart (representing Calumet Farm, owner of Channel Isle, post 6): “We're happy. Channel Isle is happy.”

Norm Casse (son of and assistant to trainer Mark Casse, trainer of 7-2 morning-line favorite Uncaptured, post 7): “It's ideal. The game plan is for him to hopefully break good and hopefully get a good forward position going in to the first turn, and being in the seven hole, that's right where you want to be to do something like that.”

On being the morning-line favorite: “I'm excited about it. I'm a numbers guy. This is the third 14-horse field in Blue Grass history, and the morning-line favorite has won (the first two). That's a nice little stat that's in our favor. To be the favorite in a race like this, it's exciting. It's what you want to do.

Ken Ramsey (breeder and owner of Charming Kitten, post 8): “I love it. I did not want (the) one, did not want 14. We are just going to tuck the horse in, take him back a little bit and keep him covered up and let him make his run down the stretch. We just hope we get through the traffic, and with a little racing luck we can be right there.”

Josie Carroll (trainer of Tesseron, post 9): “It is perfect. We are right in the middle. He’s a pretty simple horse. He’s a stalker so he will probably just sit and stalk.”

Jimmy Bell (president of Darley America, owner of Footbridge, post 10): “I texted Eoin, and in typical Eoin fashion he said the 10 was better than the 14.”

Chad Brown (trainer of Balance the Books, post position 11): “I’m disappointed with the post, but I can’t do anything about it. He could potentially still save some ground since there’s not a lot of speed in the race, but I’m not happy with it.”

John Terranova (trainer of West Hills Giant, post 12):  “That’s fine. It looks like we are outside of the speed. But he is very tactical. He has been in front and he has been behind horses and he can stalk. It’s a good spot.”

Gary Contessa (trainer of Rydilluc, post 13): “This horse will rate kindly, and I’m fine with the 13 hole.”

Frank D. Irvin (owner of Fear the Kitten, post 14): “With the running style of our horse, we don't want the lead as it is anyway. So what we'll do is we usually break well, drop down to the rail as best we can, save ground, and at the half-mile pole or maybe three-eighths pole make our run like we normally do, and hopefully, they're tiring because that's when we're getting stronger. And you know what? Running out of the 14 hole at Keeneland is better than sitting there and watching the darned race in the stands. We're in it, and we're running for the Derby.”


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