BAFFLE STAKES QUOTES – SUNDAY, FEB. 18, 2018

JOCKEY QUOTES

 

KENT DESORMEAUX, PUBILIUS SYRUS, WINNER: “Valdimir just told me to win before the race. I was a bit baffled last out and had a bit of trouble keeping up with the field in the mile race, in his previous start.

“What a tutelage job by Mr. Cerin today. He was sitting right behind the leaders, just cruising with tons of speed to spare. Quite honestly I think I got to the lead too quick today.

“There wasn’t a (mile) race for him for another three weeks and he was tearing down his stall so he needed something to do.”

TRAINER QUOTES

 

 VLADIMIR CERIN, PUBILIUS SYRUS, WINNER: “We really think he’s a mile and a quarter horse or longer, and if he can win at this distance, so much the better. I’ve always had success with Kent (Desormeaux). When he’s on, he’s hard to beat. I don’t give him instructions. I used to give him instructions 20 years ago, but I’ve matured since.

“I just didn’t want to train him into the Pasadena (Stakes, $200,000 at one mile on turf for three-year-olds on March 17), so that’s our next race. The summer’s long and the races are longer.”

 

NOTES: The winning owners are Holly and David Wilson.