Pegasus World Cup 2019: Post-Position Draw Quotes

“We’re happy with that. I always like saving ground, especially on the turf, and we’ll go from there. I always like to be the favorite, because it feels like you’re in the right spot if you’re the favorite. ~ Elliott Walden on Yoshida’s draw.

Trainer John Sadler (Accelerate, PP #5, 9-5): “It’s a good post. We didn’t want to be on the outside and we didn’t want to be on the inside. We were hoping for 5 or 6, so we’re very happy with the draw. He has a style that doesn’t get in trouble, typically. Hopefully, he

Gun Runner 2018 Pegasus

gets away good and gets a good trip from there.”

Trainer Mike McCarthy (City of Light, PP #3, 5-2): “I’m very pleased to be drawn into the three-hole. It got down to the wire there with the three or the 12, so we were obviously very grateful to have the three-hole. He’s a horse that carries his speed a long way, so hopefully we get a nice, clean break and find ourselves in a good position going into the first turn and turning up the backside.”

“Very pleased with the way he’s settled in. I was happy with the way he got over the racetrack Saturday morning. I thought his work was dynamite. He came out of it well and seems to be enjoying himself here. I don’t know if a horse could have come into a race better than he did coming into the Breeders’ Cup. Obviously, 10 or 11 weeks between races certainly seems to me like he is holding his form. Very pleased with what I’ve seen so far.”

Trainer Antonio Sano (Gunnevera, PP #8, 8-1): “I like the post. He’s not outside or inside. He’s close to the middle, so it’s good. The horse comes from the back, so we hope to have a good pace.”

Co-Owner Elliott Walden, WinStar Farm (Audible, PP #10, 10-1): “It’s not ideal, but it’s not a killer, either. Gun Runner won out of it last year. I think it’s fine. I didn’t really want the 12 but, other than that, everything else seems to be OK. A little further out than we wanted, but there’s some pluses to that, as well. You get a clean break and he’s tactical, so we’ll see where he puts himself and go from there.”

Trainer D. Wayne Lukas (Bravazo, PP #1, 12-1): “We have to take care of the things we can control and that’s something we can’t control, so we just leave it alone. Here, I think with this field and everything, the way it shook out I don’t think it’s all that bad. It’s a short run to the turn. We’ve got good gate speed. I don’t know that it’s that big a disadvantage. Normally, I wouldn’t like it. I wouldn’t like it in the Derby or the Preakness or a race like that, but it might not fit too badly here.”

Trainer Jose Corrales (Something Awesome, PP #2, 20-1): “I think it’s OK. You wish to be in the middle, but it’s very difficult to get what you want. It’s not the best position that you can get at that distance, but I go in with a rider that’s won all kinds of races. When you have a rider like him, he knows what to do. They have to break and they have enough time before the first turn to make a decision where he wants to be. He’s a horse that you can put anywhere. I think he’s going to perform well. I go in with a good feeling that they have to run to beat him, because he’s going to compete. It’s not easy, but if everything was easy everybody would win the Pegasus.”

Owner Ron Paolucci (Imperative, PP #11, 30-1): “Most people wouldn’t be happy with 11, but I was happy with 11. Imperative is not a horse that likes to be down inside or in between horses. Every race that he has ever run that is a big race, he’s been outside of horses. I was worried with as much speed in the race if he drew inside they would come down on him with the quick run to the first turn. We got three horses that don’t have a lot of speed directly inside of us and a fast horse on the outside of us. I think that will allow us to come out and set our own tempo and maybe lay fifth or sixth, right off the speed. We should get a clean trip from out there.”

Pegasus World Cup Turf (G1) Post-Position Draw Quotes

Co-Owner Elliott Walden, WinStar Farm (Yoshida, PP #2, 5-2): “We’re happy with that. I always like saving ground, especially on the turf, and we’ll go from there. I always like to be the favorite, because it feels like you’re in the right spot if you’re the favorite. It doesn’t mean he’s going to win but it means he’s in with a big chance. I think he’s training extremely well. Couldn’t be happier with the way he’s done since the Breeders’ Cup. He’s so versatile, he runs on the dirt and runs on the turf. That’s a real plus for him.”

Trainer John Sadler (Catapult, PP #9, 7-2): “Catapult drew on the outside, but that’s not a bad draw from him. He’s a turf horse at a long distance that settles and then puts his run in.”

Trainer Takanori Kikuzawa, through interpreter Kate Hunter, Pegasus World Cup field representative for the Japan Racing Association (Aerolithe, PP #4, 8-1): “Since Yoshida and Magic Wand are on the inside of her, the post-position will be good because she’s on the outside of them. She’ll go forward more likely at the beginning of the race, so I’m very happy with the post position.”

Co-owner Michael Iavarone (Next Shares, PP #5, 15-1): “I think it is great. I don’t think it was that incredibly important to us. I didn’t want to be all the way on the outside. But I think it ended up being really, really good. Speed is outside of us, so I don’t think we are going to be trapped on the rail.”

Owner Ron Paolucci (Dubby Dubbie, PP #10, 30-1): “I love the post. The filly coming from California [Fahan Mura] is very fast. My horse has blinkers and he’s a little keyed up sometimes and if a horse was to go by him on the outside and come over, he might try to go after him. Whereas with this post we can kind of relax and let [Fahan Mara] do her thing and act like she isn’t in the race.”

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Innovative Jockey Silks Hit Grand Slam

Accelerate’s Breeders’ Cup Classic win follows Justify’s triple crown

Amarillo, Texas – November 5, 2018  —  Jockey Joel Rosario was wearing an innovative style of jockey silks in Saturday’s $6-million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G-I) aboard Accelerate: Speed Silks®, the same brand worn by Mike Smith in all three of Justify’s 2018 Triple Crown races.

The new style of jockey silks –launched a little more than five years ago– are made entirely of Aero Dimplex®, a patented aerodynamically-engineered technical fabric that is dimpled to reduce drag. It’s used in uniforms for other speed sports like cycling, downhill skiing and speed skating, but Speed Silks are the only jockey silks that use Aero Dimplex.

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Speed Silks inventor and company owner Matt Darby says he’s not surprised by the success that his customers have had on the track, but that he didn’t expect to see so many huge wins so quickly after opening his doors. In addition to this year’s Kentucky Derby (G-I), Preakness Stakes (G-I), Belmont Stakes (G-I) and Breeders’ Cup Classic wins, jockeys wearing Speed Silks have also won the 2017 Belmont Stakes, 2016 Kentucky Derby, 2016 Preakness Stakes and 2014 Breeders’ Cup Classic.

“That’s pretty good for a product that didn’t even exist five years ago,” Darby says. “We’ve been blessed by having some very talented trainers, aggressive owners and fast horses using our product, but I don’t want to undersell the importance of aerodynamic drag in horse racing; it’s critical – more important than weight, in fact.”

Darby says the aerodynamic advantages of his product were a tough sell at first, but that steady growth has been an encouraging sign. 2018 has seen some of the product’s fastest growth ever.

“The Aero Dimplex fabric allows us to make silks that are definitely distinctive, but don’t go too far afield from what people would clearly identify as jockey silks,” Darby says. “As much attention as we paid to making them as aerodynamically-efficient as possible, we get so many orders from owners who just like the way they look.”

The silks have a dimpled texture which, when combined with Speed Silks’ form-fitting design, greatly reduces skin friction and form drag. Colors and markings are applied to the silks via dye-sublimation, a process that dyes the color directly onto the fabric, making the silks entirely seamless, no matter how complex the design.

Darby says jockey feedback has been universally positive; Unlike the Spandex or Nylon used in other silks, Aero Dimplex fabric is thin, breathable and it wicks moisture away from the skin. This summer, Speed Silks added a new technology to its product: a treatment called Coldblack®, which blocks and reflects almost all ultraviolet light. Speed Silks now help keep the jockey much cooler in direct sunlight.

Speed Silks are patent-pending. The product lineup includes silks jackets, racing helmet covers, jockey pants and a product unique to Speed Silks: Aero Dimplex boot sleeves. Examples of the product can be seen at Matt Darby is available for comment at (806) 570-6920 or Customers wishing to inquire about Speed Silks can e-mail or call (806) 333-8589.  Asia-Pacific customers e-mail

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