DAYTONA STAKES QUOTES-SATURDAY, MAY 25, 2019

JOCKEY QUOTES

KENT DESORMEAUX, EDDIE HASKELL, WINNER: “There were some harrowing moments down the backside and that was probably (What’sontheagenda’s) best chance to beat ‘Eddie’. After about a hundred yards I sent Eddie to quicken the pace and Agapito came with me, then he finally pushed the button and cleared us off, it made it really nice for the mount that I had, he’s just phenomenal, when I pushed the button he gave me whiplash, popped a wheelie and took off and went after the leader.

“I’m having fun riding fabulous horses like this one.”

AGAPITO DELGADILLO, WHATSONTHEAGENDA, SECOND:  “I really didn’t want to open up too much.  I tried to save a little more for the end, the winner was just too tough.”

TRAINER QUOTES

MARK GLATT, EDDIE HASKELL, WINNER: “He’s a top horse going five-eighths (on turf). He won throttled down today, man. That was impressive. I wasn’t worried about where he was early. I thought I was running the best horse. He’s learned to come from a little bit off the pace and I think it’s even made him a little better horse going five furlongs. It was cool.

Any instructions? “Kent knows the horse. He’s ridden him a couple of times. He’s an easy horse to ride.”

“We just hope we can keep him healthy and take it race by race and if he gets us to the Breeders’ Cup in the end of the year I’m sure we will take a shot.”

OWNER QUOTES

JIM HAILEY, CO-OWNER WITH PHIL WOOD, EDDIE HASHELL, WINNER:  “Mark (Glatt) has done a great job with this horse. When Mark called me and said he wanted to claim this horse, when he had a 10-month layoff, I thought he was absolutely crazy.

“It was a lot of money, but we took his recommendation and it’s worked out great. We couldn’t be happier.”

NOTES: The winning owners are Philip Wood & Jim Hailey.

Eddie Haskell and jockey Kent Desormeaux win the Grade III, $100,000 Daytona Stakes, Saturday, May 25, 2019 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA. © BENOIT PHOTO