G2 Vosburgh Stakes Notes & Quotes: Follow the Sea
(After the Sea / Photo courtesy of NYRA)
From the NYRA media team:
The following sea of Spendthrift Farm, piloted by Joel Rosario, captured Saturday’s $ 250,000 Category 2 Vosburgh, making six stages on land at Belmont Park, earning a “Win and You’re In” spot for the $ 2 million Breeders’ Cup sprint. November 6 at Del Mar.
Trained by Hall of Famer Todd Pletcher, Follow Sea wired the four-horse field for a full 4-length victory. After a third place finish in the Grade 1 H. Allen Jerkens Memorial on August 28 at Saratoga Racecourse at the highly regarded Jackie’s Warrior and Life is Good, Follow Sea returned to Big Sandy, where he is now 2 for 2 during from the dirt road – adding to an impressive allowance earned on an older company in June.
Quotes from the trainer:
Todd Pletcher – The Following Sea (1st):
Pletcher said he asked Rosario to pass judgment on tactics after the break.
“We just wanted to take advantage of the outside post and see how everything went,” Pletcher said. “He broke nice, got right in front and it felt like he was in hand the whole way. He looked like he got off to a good start and Joel took care of him quite late.
Pletcher, although still undecided, said he is considering the Breeders’ Cup Sprint as his next start.
“We’re going to play it by ear and see. I’ll talk to the guys at Spendthrift and we’ll come up with a plan. It has to be on the line, ”Pletcher said.
Kelly Breen – Firenze Fire (2nd):
Firenze Fire trainer Kelly Breen said he still plans to send his horse to Del Mar for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint.
“It’s going to be a steady pace. Whether it’s Jackie’s Warrior or this horse [Following Sea], no one will have an easy lead in a slow pace. It will be a passionate event, ”said Breen.
Quotes from the jockeys:
Joel Rosario – The following sea (1st):
Rosario said he felt confident aboard Follow Sea throughout.
“I just helped him get out of there,” Rosario said. “He looked like he had broken really well and he got in his head. I thought he liked it and he had a big race.