Grade II, $200,000 Charles Whittingham Stakes Quotes
__GRADE II, $200,000, CHARLES WHITTINGHAM STAKES QUOTES __
JOHN VELAZQUEZ, OFFLEE NAUGHTY, WINNER: “He is showing a lot of talent but still kind of learning. Last couple of races he put it together what he needs to do. He broke a little slow so I waited until the backstretch to let everybody go, and finally picked it up at the three-eighths pole and went back to the inside. At the quarter pole down the stretch, he came running for me.” “I was able to avoid the horse (Midnight Jostar). He came out and I think he just stumbled. I pulled my horse outside and he responded right away."
JUAN HERNANDEZ, DICEY MO CHARA, 2ND PLACE: “This horse loves the distance and the plan was to stay behind the speed, but then Dicey Mo Chara broke sharp and I decided to let him go. He was traveling well and had a nice pace, but the other horse got me outside. The winner was in the middle of the track and Dicey Mo Chara saw him too late. No excuses today, we'll get them next time! ”
LANFRANCO DETTORI, OPRY, THIRD PLACE: “My horse ran well. They were just going too slow for my horse.”
MICHAEL MCCARTHY, OFFLEE NAUGHTY, WINNER: The fractions were pretty slow early. Johnny made a move at the 4 ½ (furlong pole) to get him in the game and make contact with the pack. He kind of stuck there. I’m not exactly sure what happened at the top of the lane. We were kind of uncorking a run and things got bottled up there for a second. Inside the eighth pole this horse found another gear.”
NOTES: The winning owner is James M. & Donna Daniell.