The word on the backstretch

Oct 25, 2005 3:26 AM

There’s a lot of talk heard around the track and barns heading into the Breeder’s Cup. These gems may not be straight from the horse’s mouth, but they might offer some insights into the upcoming races.

"It’s a fair track. All the times I’ve ridden there it’s been that way. Horses can win on the lead, from the middle of the pack, or coming from out of it. It’s a great track and a great surface. I’ve always loved that surface." — retired Hall of Fame jockey Eddie Delahoussaye


"There will be a lot of speed with Pomeroy, Lost in the Fog and all those. My horse can be 15, 20 (lengths) off of it and make his one big run. We’ll see. I wish it was seven-eighths."

— Kristin Mulhall on Pat O’Brien Breeders’ Cup Handicap (G2) winner IMPERIALISM (Langfuhr), who cuts back to six furlongs for the Sprint (G1)


"If they don’t beat him in this race, he’s never going to be beaten."

””Mulhall on Sprint favorite Lost in the Fog (Lost Soldier), who will be seeking his 11th straight victory


Trainer Jeff Mullins, when asked how Choctaw Nation (Classic) and Wild Fit would handle the Belmont surface, said, "I don’t know anything about it. I’ve never been there and never raced a horse there."