JOHN HENRY TURF CHAMPIONSHIP QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES

GARY STEVENS, INDY POINT, WINNER: “I can’t say that we had a plan. He’s a strong-willed horse and we kinda out-thought ourselves in the Arlington Million. Today, I just threw his head away from there and let him run free with a long rein.”

WHEN ASKED ABOUT RIDING FOUR STAKES WINNERS, THREE OF THEM GRADED, OVER THE WEEKEND: “My son (T.C.) won a race last night at Churchill and that was really special. My mom had a stroke last Monday though, and that’s really put everything in perspective. I’ve just been trying to have fun, going fishing and just keeping everything in perspective. I didn’t think in my wildest dreams though, that I’d have the kind of horses I’ve had this weekend, Mucho Macho Man, Beholder, Marketing Mix, She's A Tiger, this horse, it’s unbelievable.”

TRAINER QUOTES

RICHARD MANDELLA, INDY POINT, 2-1 FAVORITE, WINNER: “It looks like it did (turn around from the disappointing showing in the Arlington Million). A lot of times we think it will, but we find out we’re wrong. He did have a perfect trip.

“We didn’t make it up (the explanation of Indy Point almost clipping heels, costing him any chance of winning the Arlington Million). We called it as we saw it, and he trained well or I wouldn’t have run him (today). He ran like did at Del Mar (when he won the Wickerr on July 24). It was terrific.”

Noted he went wide turning into the stretch, “He had a lot of horse. No sense being tricky. Just get the job done, and Gary did a great job and it’s on to the Breeders’ Cup Turf.”

RACING MANAGER JOHN FULTON , INDY POINT, WINNER: “After what happened in Chicago, it’s great to be back on track. We always had confidence in this horse. He’s never run a bad race. After his debut in this country, we wanted to go (to Chicago for the Arlington Million). He was favored and he deserved to be, as we’ve seen today. But after what happened it puts a little fear in your heart. The horse has trained fantastic since then, and when I got here I thought ‘this horse could not be better.’ It’s like they say in Argentina ‘Diez puntos!’ or ‘10 points’ meaning you can’t get any better. Richard had him ready, Gary knows this horse now, and we’re on our way.

“He’s eligible for Breeders’ Cup. I knew this horse was training like the real deal so I talked with Felipe (Lovisi, owner/breeder) and told him we have to nominate before he runs, so he put the money on the table with good confidence and faith in the horse and now it’s proven to have been a wise decision, so he’ll go in the BC Turf. With the kind of race he ran today and the way he relaxed . . . he’s run further than a mile and half. He won the Derby in Argentina that was a mile and nine-sixteenths so the distance will be no problem.”

JOHN SADLER, VAGABOND SHOES, SECOND: “We’re ‘in’ (Breeders’ Cup), since we won a ‘Win and You’re In’ (Aug. 24, Grade II Del Mar Handicap) and we wanted to see what he would do (In here today). He’s going further, he’s moving on out so we were happy with that race. He looks strong. If everything goes good the next month we’ll take a shot at the big one. I’m very happy. It was a good race, good strong race.”

NOTES: The $2 million Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita will be run at 1 ½ miles on Nov. 2. The winning owner/breeder is Felipe Lovisi of Argentina, whose nom de course is Gus-May-Fer.