CALIFORNIA CUP DERBY STAKES QUOTES-MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2019

JOCKEY QUOTES

FLAVIEN PRAT, GALILEAN, WINNER: “It was easy; he was traveling well the whole way. Jerry’s other horse in the race, Loud Mouth, was coming from a sprint so it was either him going to the lead, or me. It was going to be one of us. He broke better than me so I sat off the two leaders and when I went to make a move, he responded well.

“It’s quite exciting because he’s done everything right so far. Like everyone else though, he needs to improve of course, but it’s exciting to win this time of year. He’s a god 3-year-old.

“He relaxed well. In his last race he went to the lead, but today, he had speed to his inside and sat off them and stayed relaxed, was breathing well and made a good move.”

TRAINER QUOTES

JERRY HOLLENDORFER, GALILEAN, WINNER: “You’re always a little anxious coming off a little bit of a layoff, but he did everything perfect, rated perfectly, and you couldn’t for much more than that. We have a whole bunch of options (for his next race). There are a lot of races everywhere for him and we’re nominated everywhere, so we’ll try to make a good decision as to where to run next.

“I don’t think (distance) is an issue. We wanted to take advantage of him being a Cal-bred, take advantage of giving him another race and running here. That’s what we wanted to do and that’s what we did.”

                                                        OWNER QUOTES

JEFF LIFSON, WEST POINT THOROUGHBREDS, GALILEAN, WINNER: “We pointed for this after he ran so big winning the Los Al race. I don’t think we necessarily were thinking (on duplicating) what California Chrome did; we just wanted to give him one easy enough for his three-year-old start and then see what happened.

“What was most important to me was that he had clean air in front of him and wasn’t boxed in. That was my biggest fear. In a small field everybody gets to ride our horse to some degree and that’s always a worry. When he had a clean trip down the backstretch I really was more relived.

“Understandably, we have a Hall of Famer (Jerry Hollendorfer) who is calling the shots here and he’s got a great staff as well. My sense is we don’t come back for the San Felipe but that’s just a guess and Jerry’s gonna make the real call there. I think we’ll look for one of those 50-point (Kentucky Derby qualifying) races in March and then maybe come back here in for the Santa Anita Derby or one of those early April races where they have 100 points on the line.

“We have some newbies (owners) on this particular horse which is such a cool thing but the best part about this partnership is they are all wonderful people and have a ton of fun.”