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2014 Gotham Stakes day at Aqueduct


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Samraat in the post parade
Samraat post parade

Samraat heads out for the post parade for the 2014 Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct

© Vanessa Ng
Winning jockey Jose Ortiz said, "He has a lot of heart, he's a nice horse. We had a good trip, broke from the 8 post. As soon as we got to the first turn I was third behind the two leaders, and that's where I wanted to be. He responded very good. In the stretch when I showed him the whip a little bit, he was lugging in, but he never made contact with other horses. I just hand rode him and he responded very good, and I tried to keep him straight. He runs good when he's in the front, but I rated him the last two times and he responded and passed horses and kept running. That's a nice horse. I think he's going to handle (additional distance) very good."

Winning owner Leonard Riggio said, "We thought he might need a little more time after the Withers. The horse bounced back pretty quick. He's a magnificent horse, and that was some race."

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