Quotes from Saturday's Preakness Stakes
Updated: Saturday, May 19, 2001 11:02 PM
Posted: Saturday, May 19, 2001 9:56 PM
Quotes from trainers and jockeys of the 11 3-year-olds who ran in Saturday's 126th Preakness Stakes (in order of finish):
POINT GIVEN: "I knew going into the first turn the race was over. He was taking to the track perfectly today." -- jockey Gary Stevens.
A P VALENTINE: "As I've always said, he got nothing out of the Kentucky Derby, but today he really dug in for Victor (Espinoza). Now he's back on track." -- trainer Nick Zito.
CONGAREE: "He broke so hard, the ground broke under him. My horse never gave up. He just wasn't as quite good as the winner." -- jockey Jerry Bailey.
DOLLAR BILL: "I'm a little disappointed. He should have been right there at the finish, but he got bothered on the backstretch." -- trainer Dallas Stewart.
"We broke alertly and were comfortably placed. I was able to tuck in and save ground. The winner went by me in the middle of the track, but I wasn't able to go with him. At the 4 1/2-furlong pole, I tried to go up inside A P Valentine. He was outside of me and the one horse (Marchiano) was inside me. I saw a hole. But A P Valentine wanted it, too, and he got there first. I had to make a left hand turn and had to check and for a few strides I was right on the one horse's heels. I dropped back to last, then at the 3/8-pole we got free on the outside and he came running to get fourth money. I just wish I could get this horse a good trip." -- jockey Pat Day
GRIFFINITE: "I thought he ran really well. It looked like he got into trouble on the second turn. But we were happy, he ran well." -- trainer Jennifer Leigh-Pedersen.
MONARCHOS: "After a 16th of a mile, I said 'Uh oh, there is trouble here.' " -- jockey Jorge Chavez.
MARCIANO: "This was a lot of fun. I had the best seat in the house today. He had a good race and it was great for a horse like this to run in this race because he needed to learn from it." -- jockey Mark Johnston.
BAY EAGLE: "It was a good effort by him. He beat three horses." -- jockey Ramon Dominguez.
PERCY HOPE: "We came to try and away we go. Iowa Derby, here we come." -- trainer Tony Reinstedler.
RICHLY BLENDED: "He stayed with them as long as he could. I didn't push him in the stretch because he was showing me a little stress." -- jockey Rick Wilson.
MR. JOHN: "In this situation, I just hope he comes back OK." -- trainer Elliot Walden.
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