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Trainer Quotes for the Sam F. Davis Stakes


Mark Casse (Flameaway) - “Flameaway is kind of an unknown, but the one thing I do know about him is that he loves to win. He’s a big, beautiful horse, and Mr. Oxley feels he deserves a shot before we go back to the grass. But there are some pretty big dirt races to go after, if he’s capable."

Jonathan Thomas (Catholic Boy) - “His two workouts here were executed like we wanted. I thought the draw (post 6 of 7) was decent for us, because he is not a horse that tends to lead or be super close early. So I’m happy we’re not on the rail and Manny can let the race develop and see where he wants to put him.

“He is progressing in the right direction, but once your horse gets on the race track and loads into the gate, it’s out of your hands. You have to hope for a good trip and a well-executed ride."

Dale Romans (Hollywood Star) - “He has been putting things together this year and comes into the race in real good shape. I thought he was as good physically as anyone last year, but he wasn’t as focused as he is now, to where he’s able to work fast by himself. He just needs to run his race and as long as he does, he should be right there."

Todd Pletcher (Vino Rosso) - “He had a good workout last week (4 furlongs in 48.86) and is continuing to improve. I like the way he is developing physically, filling out and gaining strength and weight. The competition gets more difficult now, and we’re excited to see how he handles it. He has to be a little more professional and finish a little stronger."


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