Pedigree: Dixie Union - Tempo by Gone West
Dosage Profile: 9-1-10-2-0
Dosage Index/CD: 2.14 0.77 (dual qualifier)
2011 Record: 4 Starts: 3 - 1 - 0, $858,800
Best Beyer Figure: 95
Post race comments:
Trainer Michael Matz said, "He's always acted like a nice horse from when we first got him. He's trained well this period he's been off. The timing is great now. The 7 weeks didn't hurt him between races. The (traffic) is going to happen with 2-year-olds, and they find a way out of it, don't they? I think he's a real good horse. Anytime you can win going five-eighths with me, you know they're nice horses. I've had horses on and off for Mrs. Wyeth, and she said to me, 'I'm going to have a good one for you,' and I think she does."
Jockey Javier Castellano said, "My plan 'A' was to be close to the pace. He's a really nice horse, and you can put him wherever you want. Unfortunately, in the first jump (Right to Vote) squeezed me, bumped really hard, and I lost the momentum right there. Now I had to change my plan to 'B' - come from behind horses. But he's an amazing horse - nothing bothers him. He got dirt in the face, he was blocked all the way on the trip. I tried to wait for my best opportunity to make that move."
Owner Phyllis Wyeth said, "I can't even talk. We didn't know what kind of horse we really had. I think he's good. We always had hopes for him, but it's really an honor, because my mother bred all the mares, and (he's) by my father's stallion. It's what they all lived to produce. It really is an honor."
After finishing second in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1)
Trainer Michael Matz said, “They were wide on the first turn; they were wide on the second turn. He (Javier Castellano) said the other horse had it his own way, and he (Union Rags) galloped out good and strong. He said, ‘one more jump and we would have had him.’ I didn’t get a good draw. I guess that’s racing. What are you going to do? It’s one of those things. I wish I had an answer for you. It’s disappointing, that’s for sure, but I guess that’s horseracing.”
After winning the Fountain of Youth (G2)
Trainer Michael Matz said, “You never know after a four-month rest – Do you have the horse fit enough? Did you do this? Did you do that? You always go through 51 questions. I guess we did it right this time.”
Jockey Julien Leparoux said, “I was hoping he would run a good race, but I was not expecting that. He’s such an easy horse to ride and did everything so easily. I didn’t hit him once. I just showed him the stick a couple times. I’m sure he was not 100 percent today, which means he should just get better.”