Florida Derby: Losing Connections Quotes

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Javier Castellano (Majesto, second): “It was a beautiful trip. He really gave a big effort. Not too many horses step up like that and gallop out like he did. It was amazing because he hooked up with the best horses in the country. The good thing about him is I was saving ground and when a hole opened, he went through and finished really well. I think he’s going to be good going to the Derby. He has the points and he’s late-developing.  He’s going to start getting really good. I am looking forward to him as he gets older. 

Assistant trainer Gustavo Delgado Jr., (Majesto): “Javier had to check a little in the corner. It was a tough day because Grand Tito also had problems (in the Pan American), but we really like this horse and now we can go to the Kentucky Derby.”

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Jockey Jose Lezcano (Fellowship, third): “I had a good trip. We broke and I got the position I wanted. When I asked him, he gave me a kick, but the other two kept running.”

Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin (Mohaymen, fourth): “He was pretty wide throughout, but the track is wet and we wanted to stay out in the clear. Congratulations to the winner. He ran big. We were awfully wide throughout and with the track you never know. We’ll regroup.”

Jockey Junior Alvarado (Mohaymen): “I didn’t really have much excuse. I was where I wanted to be the whole race and he didn’t fire this time. That’s all I really can tell you. There’s nothing wrong with him. Something was probably going on with him today, he just didn’t run the race that we were expecting.

“I’m a person that doesn’t like to blame the track all the time. I would say the only difference is that he never took me. He’s a horse that all the time drags me and jump in the bridle right away so when we turn to the backside he’s pulling me. This time he wasn’t pulling me. It got me a little worried. I tried to stay with im and give him a chance to get it all together. By the three-eighths pole I saw Nyquist getting along in front by himself and I had to move my horse. By that point he always drags me there and this time I’m the one asking him. The track could be one little reason but there’s nothing else I really can say. Other than that we were clear on the outside.”

Jockey Miguel Vasquez (Copingaway, sixth): "Good trip.”

Trainer Dale Romans (Takeittotheedge, seventh): “He didn’t run very well, but he either runs really big or runs poorly when it’s a horse who had only run once. We’ll take him to Kentucky and then I’ll figure it out.”

Trainer Nick Zito (Fashionable Freddy, eighth): “It was unusual because it looked like he was bred for the mud. A couple of factors: I guess he’s not ready for these yet, but more importantly he didn’t handle the kickback. It’s tough today because I thought he was really well-prepared to do something. It’s reality.”