星期三, 十一月 13, 2019

BobBaffert

GarrettORourke

Dr。

JohnChandler

MikeSmith

PressConference

Ladiesandgentlemen,thewinnerofthe$6millionBreedersCupClassicisArrogate,andwerethrilledtobejoinedbythewinningconnections。

Fromlefttoright,wevegotjockeyMikeSmith。

WevegotGarrettORourke,theracingmanagerforJuddmonteFarms。

TrainerBobBaffert;hisson,Bode,aswellasDr。

JohnChandler,PresidentofJuddmonte。

Congratulationstoyouall。

Mike,thisisyourfourthBreedersCupClassicwin。

Bobsthirdinarow。

Mike,wewanttostartwithyou。

YouvehadanotheramazingweekendattheBreedersCup。

IfyoucouldjusttakeusthroughthisBreedersCupClassicandyourtriponArrogate。

MIKESMITH:Well,wehadareallygoodtrip。

Hejumpedverywelltodayoutofthegate,butwasalittlereluctantthefirstprobably16thofamile。

Ihadtogivehimalittlereminderonhisshoulder。

OnceIdidthat,IseenthatCaliforniaChromehadalittlebitofcompanyupfrontofhim,soIfeltsecurethatatleasthewasgoingtogoquickenough,andIdidnthavetogoafterhimearlyandchasehim。

ThenVictorgotacomfortableleaddownthebacksideandkindofstartedstayingoffthefenceabit。

Ididntwanttomovetooearly;thatwilljustmakehimpackusoutmore。

Iwindedupcuttingthecornergoingintothefarturn,andthatreallyhelpedalot。

BecauseonceIswitchedoveranddroppedintothefarturn,hereallypickeditupatthatpoint,abletogethimbackoutside。

Thenhewasrelentless,thishorse。

Heneverstops。

Hesgotsomestamina。

Bobsdoneagreatjob。

ThehorsehasonlyrunfivetimesandhebeatCaliforniaChrome。

Thatsincredible。

THEMODERATOR:Bob,asIsaid,yourthirdClassicwininarowtogowithBayernandAmericanPharoah。

Ifyoucouldjustgiveusyourimpressionsofthisefforttoday?

BOBBAFFERT:Well,goingin,weknewwehadagreathorse。

Wethoughtwecouldbecompetitive。

ButdowndeepIreallywasntsureifwecouldbeatCaliforniaChromebecauseIstillhavetotalrespectforthehorse。

Hesagreathorse。

DownthebacksideitlookedlikeCaliforniaChromewasgettingeverythinggoing。

Ithought,well,youknow,maybehesnotrunning。

Maybehesjustnotintoit。

ButIhopeMikeSmithknowswhathesdoing。

Andallofasudden,turningforhomeitlookedlike,wellIthought,well,Imgoingtorunsecond,butthereisnothingwrongwiththat,becauseChromeisareallygoodhorse,andrunningsecondtohimisnobadthing。

Butthe8thpole,allofasudden,hestartedgettingintothatgear,andhescoming,andhesinchingawayathim。

Andthatlast50yards,Icouldnotbelieve。

OfallthehorsesIvetrainedIneverthoughtafterlosingPharoahthatIthoughthowareyougoingtobeatsomethinglikethatwitheverythingwewentthrough。

Andthentobesoluckyandblessedthattohaveahorselikethat。

ThentorundownagreathorselikeCaliforniaChromewasjustlikethatswhattheBreedersCupisallabout。

Watchingraceslikethat。

Theyrejustthebest。

Thecreamjustrisestothetop。

IcantsaymoreforMikeSmith,BigMoneyMike。

Imean,hewonthattoday,andIwaslikeitwasawowopportunity。

Icouldnotbelievewhatwejustaccomplished,wereveryluckytowintheseraces,buttoday,watchingthathorsedowhathedidandcomeback,hewasnteventired。

Thathorseisjustabigkidthatslearninghowtorun,andinthewind,undertheJuddmonteFlagisincredibleforme。

PrinceKhalidwantingtogetmeontheirteam,andJuddmonteislikethebiggestfranchiseinracing。

SotobepartofthatandforGarrettORourke,workingwithhim。

Whatmakesitsotheyjustletyoutrainthehorse。

Youtellthemwhentheyregettingreadyandletthemknowwhatsgoingon。

ButitsbeenagreatexperiencetrainingforJuddmonte。

ButIhaveagreathorse,butIhaveagreatjockey。

Whathedidtodaywasincredible。

ItshatsofftoCaliforniaChrome。

Hetriedsohard。

Imean,hesagreathorse。

Ivebeenchasingthathorsefortwoyears。

SoitwasnicetoIstillcantbelievethatwecaughthim。

THEMODERATOR:Dr。

Chandler,Juddmonteshadincrediblesuccessbothhereandabroad。

ButthisisyourfirstBreedersCupClassicvictory。

Canwegetyourimpressionsoftoday?

DR。

JOHNCHANDLER:Well,beforetherace,Teddy,weweretalkingaboutwhichwouldpossiblybethemostexcitingraceweveeverwon,andTeddysaid,well,letswaitaminute,andwewaitedaminute,andundoubtedlythisisoneofthemostexcitingraceswevewon。

Wevewonexcellentwevewongreatraces,TheArcdeTriompheandtheEnglishDerbyandtheBelmont,andwevewonraceseverywhere。

AndwehadFrankel,ofcourse,whowoneverythinginsight。

Butthishasgottobeoneofthegreatestthingswevedone。

ItsallduetoGarrettandBob,andBobfounditsastorythatsbeenpublishedmanytimes。

ButGarretthasreallydonemostoftheworkonthefarmsideofthis,andhastaughtBobhowtotrainhorsesandhesdoneagoodjobofthat(laughing)。

AndwereverygratefultoGarrettandtoBobandtodothisforus。

NowBobappearstoowntheClassic。

WellhavetocallittheBaffertBenefitafterthis,Ithink。

THEMODERATOR:Verygood。

OnequestionforGarrettbeforeweopenituptothemedia。

Garrett,talkaboutthecampaignoverallthisyear,especiallythedecisiontotrainuptotheBreedersCupClassic?

GARRETTOROURKE:Well,whenImadethatdecision,Ithinkitsatributeforallofthis,obviouslygoesbacktoPrinceKhalid,andifitssomethingonthefarm,yeah,wereresponsibleforit。

Ifitswhenwegotothesales,BobandDonatohelpus,andwegettherighthorsesandwehandthemovertopeoplelikethat。

ButPrinceKhalidhasalwaysbeenafirmbelieverinhiringthevery,verybestandallowingthemtodotheirjobs。

Hedoesnttellthemwhattodoorhowtodoit。

ItssomethingthatIvelearnedfromhimaswell。

SodontbelievewhatDocsaysinmetellingBobBaffert。

IdonthavetotellBobBafferthowtodoanything。

IdonthavetotellMikeSmithhowtodoanything。

Theyretheverybestattheirprofession,andtheyprovedittoday。

Ithankthemforit。

Iwanttothankeveryonebackonthefarm,especiallybecausetheresanawfullotofpeoplebackonthefarm。

Theresalotofhorsesthatdidntmakeitheretoday,andIknowthepeoplebackonthefarmhavetogothroughtheheartbreakofseeingthoseonesnotmakeit。

Sowhensomethingbiglikethishappens,itsagreatteameffort。

ItstheprofessionalsIhavesittingbesidemehere,andIthinkitsallobviouslyfunded,numberone,andmotivated,moreimportantly,byPrinceKhalid。

Q。

Iwonderifyoucouldgiveusanideaofwhenyouhadtheinkling,Iknowfiveracesbackthehorsewasthirdandthenitsmovingintherightdirectiontofindittoday,butwhenyoufirststartedwiththehorse,whendidyougetthefeelingthatyouhadwhatyouhave?

BOBBAFFERT:IremembercallingGarrettaroundOctober。

Isaid,Garrett,IthinkIvefoundonethatsgoingtopayforallofthem。

Isaid,Ithinkwevestumbledontoareallygoodhorse。

Andheshowedrunasa2-year-old,andhehadsomeshinproblems。

Hewasabig,tallhorse,soGarrettsays,youknowwhat,justgivehimthetime。

Dontworryaboutit。

Andtheyfreshenedhimup。

Itsoneofthosethingsthatthereallygoodones,oncewegotthemgoing,andhewasdevelopingandbabysteps,andRafaelBejaranodidagreatjobhelpingmedevelopthishorse。

Unfortunately,Mikeendeduponhimbecauseofothercircumstances。

Butitjusthappensthatway。

Butitsoneofthosethingswherehealwaysshowedrun,butweneverlethimgointhemornings。

Weneverlethimrun。

Hesabighorse。

Hecamearoundonhisown,andIwasalmostgoingtorunhimagainstChromeinSanDiegoatDelMar,buthegotalittlebitIcalledGarrettandsaid,Imightgetalittlecrazy。

Ivegotacrazyplan。

Okay。

Thenhecalledmeaweekbefore,Areyoustillgoingtodothatcrazything?

Isaid,No。

HehadalittlebitofatemperaturewhenIgotdowntoDelMar,soImissedafewdays,andImglad。

ThatswhenwedecidedtopointfortheTravers,becauseBejaranoalwayssaidthishorsewantstogoamile-and-a-quarter。

Imean,hecangoandgoandgo。

AndsointheTravers,whenMikerodehim,wehadtolethimrunawayfromtheone-hole,andhegothimoutthere。

Ithoughthecouldwin,butIdidntknowhewasgoingtodothat。

Imean,thatwasjustincredible。

Iwasinaweofhim。

Sothentocomebackandsitonhimfortwomonths,itwassomethingthatIusedtodointhequarterhorsebin,andIwasntworriedaboutit。

AndwegotawaywithitwithPharoah,andyoucandothatwhenyouhaveagreathorse。

IjustdidntwanttorunhimagainstCaliforniaChromeandAwesomeAgain。

MaybeifithehadbeenthereImighthaverunhiminthere。

Ijustfeltwithmyteam,JimmyBarnes,everybodythatgetsonhim,DanaBarnesgetsonhim。

Iknewwecoulddoit。

Wereequippedtodealwiththesesituations。

Itsalotoffun,especially,soweshowupforthebigdays,weleadthemupthere,andyoujustprayandhopethattheyshowup。

ItoldMike,ifherunsthisrace,youcanwinit。

Ifhedoesnt,theresnothingyoucando。

AndItoldhim,Mike,youhavethereins。

Whateveryoudo,Imgoodwith。

Ifhegetsbeat,dontworryaboutit。

Butifyoucangetmesecond,thatwouldsurebenice。

Soturningforhome,ImstillImgoingtobewatchingthatreplayalottonightwhenIgethome。

Thatwasanincredibleracebytwoincrediblehorses。

Q。

Mike,doesthisvictoryheretakealittlebitofthestingoutofyesterdaywiththeSongbird-Beholdermatch-up?

MIKESMITH:Well,thatstillhurts,itsalwaysgoingtohurt。

Youhatetogetbeat,especiallythematterofmaybeaninch。

Thiswasincredibletoday。

Thishorseranaracetodaythatyoujustdontseethingslikethisfromayoung3-year-oldthatsonlyrunfivetimes。

Heliterallywasprancingaftertheracewasover。

Whichmosthorseshangtheirheadandhavetotakeabreathortwobeforetheycaneventurnaroundandcomebackaftergoingamile-and-a-quarter。

Hehasntrunintwomonthsandhewasliterallydancing。

Theoutridercouldntbelieveit。

Hegoes,Areyoukiddingme?

Thishorseisdancinglikethis?

AndIsaid,Hesjustgotairforever。

Q。

Whataretheplansforthenextyear?

BOBBAFFERT:Well,thatsuptoGarrett。

Garrettstillrunstheshow,soIguesshellgetbackanddiscussthatwithPrinceKhalid。

Youwanttoanswerthat?

GARRETTOROURKE:Obviously,wewillhavetogobackandrunitbyPrinceKhalid,butIthinkthepointersarethathewilldefinitelyracenextyear。

BOBBAFFERT:Yes。

MIKESMITH:Doubleyes。

GARRETTOROURKE:Thatsthegoodnews。

ThebadnewsisweregoingtobringhimtoEngland。

MIKESMITH:IllgotoEngland(laughing)。

CallmeEnglishMike。

Q。

Iwanttocongratulateallofyou。

Itsobviouslyamajoraccomplishment。

Bob,Iknowyoureahugefanofthehistoryofthegameandgreattrainingjobs。

Youvedoneplentyofthem。

Thistrainingjobissortofunprecedented。

Thishorsesfoundation,whathesdoneinthesestarts,Iwanttoknowwhat,foryou,thismeans。

Becauseitscertainlyahuge,unprecedentedachievementyouvedoneheretoday。

BOBBAFFERT:EveryyearIvebeensolucky。

Ialwayssay:HowamIgoingtotopthisyear?

Anditsbeengoingonforallmylife。

EvenwhenIwastrainingquarterhorses。

Thisiswhatkeepsme,keepsmyjuicesflowing。

Imtellingyou,afterAmericanPharoahretiredlastyear,IwasinareallyIwouldntsayitwasjustlikealull。

Youknow,Ireallymissedthathorsesomuch。

Istillmisshim。

HesactuallytwoofthebesthorsesIveevertrainedhavebeeninStall33atSantaAnita。

HesinthesamestallthatPharoahwaswithhiscamera。

ItsincrediblethatIvebeensolucky。

Somebodyupthereisreallylookingdownonme。

Soitsoneofthesethingsthatwhenyourewhenyoureusedtodoingsomething,weknowwhatwehavetodo。

Wegetahorsethatsagoodhorse。

Weregoingtodothis,andIsticktotheplan。

Itsallgutfeeling,instinct。

Sometimesitworks。

Sometimeswellmakemistakes。

Butitsalltrialanderror,mostlyerror。

Soitsoneofthosethingsthatwhenitcomes,IknowwhatImdealingwith。

SoIdontgetcaughtup。

Theyrestillhorses,theyhavetotrain。

Youcantbabythem。

Youvegottotrainthembecausetheyregoingtolayitoutthereforyou。

TodayIwasjusthopingtohavethathorsetightenoughforMike。

Whenheaskshimtorun,Ihopewhenhepushesthebutton,Ihopeitdoesntgetstuck。

Becauseitgetsstuckalot。

ButitsoneofthosethingswheremygoodfriendJerryHollendorfer。

Ihavealotofrespectforhim。

Ifeltsobadforhim。

Healwaystellsmeyoualwaysseemtopullarabbitoutofyourhatonthesebigdays。

MIKESMITH:Heusedanotherwordinsteadofhat,though(laughing)。

BOBBAFFERT:ButitsoneofthosethingswhereIvebeenlucky。

LuckyenoughIvegotabeautifulfamily,beautifulwife,beautifulkids,andIcouldntaskformore。

Yesterday,thingswerentlookingverygood。

LikeIsaid,thisbusinesscangetyoudown,but,boy,theresnothinglikeagreathorsetopickyourightupofftheground。

Icantbehappierformyteam,everybodythatworksforme,everybodythatworksthehorses。

EvenMartinGarciacameinhere,helpedmegethimreadyhereattheend。

Itsateameffort,andIcouldntdoitwithouteverybody。

Stilltoday,andDonatoLanni,whoisrightthere,bestBloodstockagent。

Shortlistedhim。

Hedoesallthedirtywork。

Igetupthere,andwecanjustwalkaroundandsay,nah,okay。

Butyoucouldntdoitwithouttheseowners。

ThatsonethingaboutPrinceKhalid,ourowners,theyhavesomuchpassionforthegame。

Theywanttolivethisassignment。

IwishIcouldhavebeensittingandwatchingtheracewiththemontelevision,theexcitement,becauseyoucantputapriceonit。

Thatsthebeautyofhorseracing。

Youcannotputapriceonit。

Q。

Mike,thisTraversvictoryfromlastwhenyourodethishorse,itwasphenomenal。

WedontknowifSecretariatcouldhavebeatenthehorsethatday,thetimewassooutlandish。

Nowhecomesbackheretodayanddoessomethingalsoincredible,runsdownanolderhorsewithafoundation。

Canyoutalkaboutthedifferenceinfeelingbetweenthosetwodaysonthishorse?

Wasthereany?

Wasitbetter,anythingyoucouldsayaboutthat?

MIKESMITH:Theywerebothincredibleperformances。

Theonlydifferencewasbeingdowninthe1-holewasawholelotmoreaggressivethatafternoonthanIhadtobetoday。

ThoughIdidridehimoutoftherealittlebit。

Hewaskindoflookingaround。

Thecrowdwasprettyloud。

Ijusthadtogethisattentionacoupleoftimes,butmyhandwasntforced,soIdidnthavetopushhim。

Butitgoestoshowyouhessoversatile。

Hedoesnthavetobeinfront。

Iactuallyevendroppeddownandtooksomedirt。

Thedirtmadehimrunevenfaster。

Assoonasithithim,hekindofgotmadandpulledmeintohim,whichisagoodsign。

Hesnotahorsethatneedsthelead,whichisagoodthing。

THEMODERATOR:MikeSmithisthewinneroftheBillShoemakerAwardasthewinningestjockeyacrossthe13racesoftheBreedersCup。

MIKESMITH:Thankyou。

Q。

Whataboutthelast20yardsofthatrace,andwhatthatsaysaboutmaybethefreakthatthishorseis?

MIKESMITH:Ibecameafanthelast20yards。

Iwasjustcheeringwitheverybodyelseatthatpoint,becauseIfeltthatIhadtheraceinhandatthatpoint。

SoIwasjustinaweofwhathedidandthehorsethathebeat。

Q。

ArtShermanwouldliketohavearematchinthePegasusCup。

Whatisthechancethatyouregoingtogothere?

BOBBAFFERT:AllIcansayisArtSherman,theyvedoneanincrediblejobwithCaliforniaChrome。

Imean,thatswhythisplacewaspackedtoday。

Racing,theyvedoneagreatjobwiththathorse。

Ievenbecameafanofthathorse。

AnytimeyouseetwohorseslikewesawyesterdaywithBeholderandSongbird,itwaslikeyousitthereandyoureallydontwanttoseealoser。

Eventodayinthestretch,youreallydont。

Iftheycouldhavecomeupdeadheated,butIcouldhearthewholegrandstandwasjustscreamingandyelling。

AndIknowmostofthemwerescreamingandyellingforChrome,andIcantblamethem,becausehesdonealotforracing。

THEMODERATOR:OnthePegasus,thatsa?

BOBBAFFERT:Wedonthaveaberth。

THEMODERATOR:Youcanbuyonefromsomeoneelse。

Wellleaveeverybodyinsuspenseonthat。

Whereverheshowsup,wellbethrilledtoseehim。

CongratulationsonceagaintotheconnectionsoftheBreedersCupClassicbreeder,Arrogate。


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