MATHIS BROTHERS MILE STAKES QUOTES – TUESDAY DECEMBER 26, 2017

JOCKEY QUOTES

KENT DESORMEAUX, BOWIES HERO, WINNER: “Phil D’Amato did a great job in getting him ready. I don’t deserve the credit, he does. This horse had fire in his eyes. He refused to lose. At the 16th pole, I didn’t think we had a chance, but he saw that tail in front of him and he mowed him down.”

JAVIER CASTELLANO, KROY, SECOND: “Turning for home, I thought I was going to win the race. But I give all the respect to the winner – he’s a come-from-behind horse who always finishes strong. I’m not disappointed in my horse at all – I think he ran a huge race, and with the good fractions he was right where he wanted to be. I’m very satisfied with second place today.”

FLAVIEN PRAT, BIG SCORE, THIRD: “Too soft. The turf is too soft for this horse.”

TRAINER QUOTES

PHIL D’AMATO, BOWIES HERO, WINNER: “I loved what Kent was doing. He was saving ground and sitting in behind a couple other horses. He bided his time and rode him very confidently and was able to push by that horse (pacesetter, Kroy). I’m very proud of this horse . . . very proud of the way he finished up the year.”

NOTES: The winning owners are Agave Racing Stable.