He just had a brutal trip. It took me about ten wide, so I lost a lot of ground there, but he still ran a great race. He was the best horse. He's a real nice horse. He should have won.
He just fell apart the last 20 yards. He lost his air. I was concerned about him. I didn't know if he was hurt or not, but I didn't want any weight on him if he was.
I am finding out more and more about her each time I ride this filly and the way she races. She didn't break the best today and I had to take her back, but she relaxed. On the far turn I saw an opening and took it. She went right in there and took off right away.
She didn't break the best today and I had to take her back, but she relaxed. On the (far) turn, I saw an opening and I took it. She went right in there and took off right away.
I just think Lava Man ran a very big race today. We just got outrun. We had a pretty moderate pace going. I tried to hold my advantage the whole way. I tried to edge away from Lava Man at the three-eighths pole, and I couldn't do it.
It was tight going into the far turn and I was following Kent Desormeaux on We All Love Aleyna around there, ... He went down inside and I went out and the race was on. My horse stayed on his left lead, but that was OK. He was still kicking and that was all that mattered.
When we crossed the dirt, the leader drifted out and we got through. He just took off and got the job done.
There's no doubt he (Surf Cat) cost me the race. I'm trying the best I can to slow it down and he's on me. My horse ran great, but he just fell apart the last 20 yards.
I think he's one of the best sprinters in the country. He kept on his left lead, and I really didn't really try to make him switch. I just kept him going about his business.
Every time something happened, I would pray to God, 'Please Lord, let my ability be there when I get back,'