2013 Kentucky Derby trainer quotes:
Shug Mc Gaughey, Orb, Kentucky Derby Winner – “Obviously it’s a huge, huge thrill for me, it’s a race I’ve always wanted to win, a race I’ve always wanted to compete in if I thought I had the right horse, and finally today we had the right horse.”
“I don’t know what it will be like tomorrow morning when I pinch myself and figure all this out, but there’s a lot of people to thank and I’m just the guy that pushed the button, but with Stuart and Dinny and the people in my barn, put so much time and pride into Orb as well as all the rest of them, they’re the real key, and like I say, I’m the lucky one that gets the accolades and the trophy.”
Dallas Stewart, Golden Soul, second place – “We got beat by a great horse. He ran terrific. I’m so proud of Robby (Albarado). He vindicated himself. He’s just a great rider and gave this horse a great ride. And (owner) Chuck Fipke, what can I say? One of the best ever.’’
Todd Pletcher, Revolutionary, third place, Charming Kitten, ninth place, Overanalyze, 11th place, Palace Malice, 12th place, Verrazano, 14th place –
REVOLUTIONARY – “I thought he ran super. He got shuffled back farther than we thought and he had to keep waiting to try to make up ground. But when he could start running, he did really well. He closed strongly and just ran out of ground.”
CHARMING KITTEN – “Considering this was his first time on dirt, I thought he ran very courageously. He tried hard and Edgar (Prado) told me he just started spinning his wheels in the last part of it.”
OVERANALYZE – “I had a hard time trying to follow his trip. He appeared to have a bit of trouble, but he was trying to run on at the end.”
PALACE MALICE – “He just went too fast early. They went too fast with him and he couldn’t keep up.”
VERRAZANO – “He just never got the kind of trip we hoped for. That fast pace was just no good for him. And he was the one — of all our horses — who was affected most by the racetrack. He just couldn’t handle it.”
Chad Brown, Normandy Invasion, fourth place – Unavailable for comment.
Tom Amoss, Mylute, fifth place – Unavailable for comment.
D. Wayne Lukas, Oxbow, sixth place, and Will Take Charge, eighth place – Unavailable for comment.
T.J. Comerford (assistant to Aidan O’Brien), Lines of Battle, seventh place – “He ran a great race. I suppose the first furlong he was just trying to come to terms with it. Everything was happening very quick for him. He broke well, just getting away the first furlong. Ryan (Moore) said the kickback was hard on him. Then he started to knuckle down and he seen what was happening and he ran a brave race. We’re very happy with him.”
Ray Handal (assistant to Tony Dutrow), Giant Finish, 10th place – “He ran great. He ran hard. He’s tired and rightfully so. He ran a great race. We’re pleased with him.”
Ken McPeek, Java’s War, 13th place, Frac Daddy, 16th place – (Via Twitter) “Both colts tried hard. No major excuses here at Barn 6. Congrats to Shug and his staff. Well deserved for Phipps and Janney families.”
Note – We asked Kenny to pose for a photo after the race and he laughed saying “You don’t want the losers picture”. We pointed out he had already won 3 races Derby Day and he said “You’re right, I did win 3 races toady but not the Derby”.
Eddie Plesa Jr., Itsmyluckyday, 15th place –“Elvis (Trujillo) said he didn’t like the track. It was something I was concerned about, but we were all running on the same track.”
Doug O’Neill, Goldencents, 17th place –“They went really fast early and I thought Kevin (Krigger) gave a great ride. He settled into a good spot and for some reason he didn’t fire today. They aren’t machines so you never know. He came back in good shape and we are all bummed but this horse has been so great.”
Rudy Rodriguez, Vyjack, 18th place – “The rider (Garrett Gomez) told me that he ran right off on him. Once he did that, he didn’t have any chance.”
John Terranova, Falling Sky, 19th place –“He didn’t handle the track. He’s OK; he’s cooling out good.”
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