JOHN HENRY TURF CHAMPIONSHIP STAKES QUOTES-SATURDAY, SEPT. 26, 2020

JOCKEY QUOTES

FLAVIEN PRAT, UNITED, WINNER: “The other day I got trapped on the inside with no pace and I couldn’t go anywhere. Today, I decided if he broke well, I would put him in the race. On paper it seemed like there was no speed, so I thought maybe I could try to take the lead. He was traveling well. I loved the way he was galloping and he made a good move as always down the lane.

“Ever since he ran in the Breeders’ Cup, where he was a longshot (51-1), he just keeps moving up. It seems like he’s improving a lot and I’m really enjoying what he’s doing.”

TRAINER QUOTES

RICHARD MANDELLA, UNITED, WINNER: “He just continues to show what a professional he is now. He can adapt to certain situations. He is a big lumbering stride horse and if you get him tied up too much it’s hard to get him going, so it’s better to keep him in the clear. Flavien did a fabulous job.

“It’s been a long summer the horses in the stable ran pretty good, but just not enough wins, and in this business, if you don’t have wins you’re in trouble.

“We’re gonna blow (Keenland’s) tires off.”

            NOTES: The winning owner is LNJ Foxwoods.