Santa Anita News
JOHN HENRY TURF CHAMPIONSHIP QUOTES
GARRETT GOMEZ, SLIM SHADEY, WINNER: “Simon (Callaghan) wanted me to be laying close with him, if not, then just off the horse on the lead. We felt like there wasn’t a lot of pace in the race, and if he was willing to do so, lay second like I did with him in his last race at Del Mar. Today he was fresh and he really caught me unexpectedly. I never really expected him to be pulling me on the lead like that. I had trouble getting him to settle into a good stride. He kind of just pulled me around there and stretched me out pretty good, but he still finished well and that’s a plus. We’ll regroup and hopefully be ready for the Breeders’ Cup.”
JOE BRAVO, TURBO COMPRESSOR, SECOND: “When you come in as the favorite everybody is going to gun for you. I thought he was going to make up the ground at the top of the lane but the winner (Slim Shadey) just had too much left.”
SIMON CALLAGHAN, SLIM SHADEY, WINNER: “It wasn’t the plan to be in front, but with someone like Garrett (Gomez), when he rides for you, you leave it to him. He’s a top-class jockey and I try not to over-complicate it. I said if he wants to take him to the front, that’s fine. If Todd’s (Pletcher) horse, which we all expected to go on, does, then that’s also fine.
“He’s shown that he’s a very good horse today and we’ll look forward to the Breeders’ Cup now.”
MIKE McCARTHY, ASSISTANT TO TODD PLETCHER, TURBO COMPRESSOR, 3-2 FAVORITE, SECOND: “I actually thought he’d be a little bit closer, but the horse had no excuse. He ran well.”
NOTES: The winning owner is Philip Cunningham of Chelmsford, Essex, England.