Florida Derby: What They're Saying

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3/28/2013
3:07 pm EDT

Quotes from connections of Itsmyluckyday, Shanghai Bobby and Narvaez.

Eddie Plesa, Jr., trainer of Itsmyluckyday:

“I don’t want any extenuating circumstances to come in the way of everybody’s best race. I just want everybody to have a fair shot. I’ve got a lot of confidence in my horse, as I’m sure as everybody else does, and I don’t want anything to come in the way of it.

“I just want the best horse to win. I don’t want anybody to have to come out of that race – me, Todd, Shug or any of the others in the race – and say, ‘This happened to me; that happened to me. I just want everybody to have a fair shot at the race.

“I’ve got a horse that could not be feeling any better. He’s just tearing down the barn. He’s a very, very happy horse. He’s been away from the races for a little while and hasn’t missed a day of training, hasn’t missed a work. How do I feel? If I’d have known it would have gone this smooth, I would have been so happy.”

Jack Wolf, principal of Starlight Racing, co-owner of Shanghai Bobby:

“I think from a numbers standpoint, the Holy Bull was his best race. I think we got sort of the worst of the track and the pace scenario and got stuck in the one hole. Having said that, I give credit to the horse that beat us, Itsmyluckyday. He certainly has shown in his last two races that he’s the horse to beat as far as I’m concerned. We were pleased with how Shanghai Bobby ran and how he’s been training.

“There’s not much we can do at this point. The trainer’s got the horse ready, and the horse is going to do his own speaking. It’s exciting for me and our partners to compete at these levels, so hopefully he shows up and has a good race. The main thing is to get here and hopefully be lucky enough to have a good trip and win the race.

“He’s never been much of a work horse in the morning, but he’s shown up in every one of his races, even though he lost his last race. He’s progressed along; Todd likes the fitness level that he’s got him to at this point. He’s carrying good flesh, his coat looks good, his energy level is good and we’re pretty excited.”

Agustin Bezara, trainer of Narvaez, via interpreter:

“They’re (Narvaez and Reveron) different types of horses, but they both have a lot of class. Reveron was more of a stalker, and this horse is more of a come-from-behind horse.

“From the beginning, I knew he was a good horse, but he’s had some ups and downs. In his last race (dead-heat win in a one-turn allowance), he sent me a message and told me he was ready to run.

“This will be the first time at the distance, but he’s well-bred to go the distance. He’s out of a daughter of Unbridled. He should handle it."

Quotes supplied by Gulfstream Park