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2018 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf Post-Race Quotes

by Xpressbet

November 3, 2018

From Breeders' Cup Notes Team

Winning trainer Chad Brown (Sistercharlie): “She’s all class this horse and she knows where the wire is. She showed her heart there in the last stages.”

On third-place finisher A Raving Beauty: “She ran terrific. I’m very proud of her. She managed to stay the whole mile and three-eighths. Good filly, that horse.”

Winning jockey John Velazquez (Sistercharlie): “We broke well and got a good position. They kind of bunched up in there to get to the first turn and then everyone started to crowd up because the pace wasn’t very fast. I liked where I was. She relaxed well where I was and was moving well past the wire the first time. From there I just bided my time with her. I followed (Wild Illusion) and she won.”

Second-place trainer Charles Appleby (Wild Illusion): “I’m delighted with her run. She’s run a fantastic race and has lost nothing in defeat. Coming into the race we felt that Chad’s filly (Sistercharlie) was the one we all had to beat, so full credit to him and his team on their win. Our horse is a consistent Grade 1 performer, but I feel one mile and two furlongs is really her ideal trip. All three of mine have performed this weekend, so I’m delighted with how everything has gone.”

Second-place jockey William Buick (Wild Illusion): “The winner showed a really good turn of foot. I thought when I hit the front, I’d be able to open up a decent lead. I’m delighted with the filly. She ran really well and ran up to her standard.”

Third-place jockey Javier Castellano (A Raving Beauty): “I am very proud of her. We set a slow pace as we galloped along on the lead. I was surprised no one put any pressure on me. I rode the filly the way I was hoping for today. Those were two good horses that beat me but I am very proud of my filly.”

Sixth-place jockey Frankie Dettori (Eziyra): “On the last bend (third turn), I asked her to quicken and it was probably the first time in her life she’s been asked to do that (on a turn). I lost her right there.”