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2008 E.P. Taylor, Nearctic, and Summer Stakes

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True to Tradition in the winner's circle
True to Tradition in the winner's circle after the 2008 Nearctic Stakes

True to Tradition in the winner's circle after the 2008 Nearctic Stakes at Woodbine

© Cindy Pierson Dulay
Winning trainer Scott Lake said, We got him up here on Wednesday morning and he settled in good. He was happy and ready to go. When he ran in Maryland and got beat a head by (Heros Reward), he kind of hung a little bit at the end, so we decided to put the blinkers on him and he's just really responded to it and he's been very focused since then. We're very excited about the Breeders' Cup. I've been dying to get back there."

Jockey Kendrick Carmouche added, "I just know that you have to sit a little longer with the long stretch here. Scott Lake just told me to ride him the way he wanted to go and I just broke and let him sit nice and comfortable. When I asked him he responded."

Owner Ben Mondello said of going to the Breeders' Cup, "This is my biggest win as an owner. My feet won't hit the ground until we hit Santa Anita. California here we come. We book the ticket tomorrow."

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