Following are quotes from the connections of Donald Dizney's Racing Aptitude, winner of the $100,000 Arthur Appleton Juvenile Turf at Calder Casino & Race Course on Saturday, Nov. 13 - Florida Million Day:
Winning trainer's quotes:
Howard Tesher - "Each time he's run and tried something new, he's improved. His pedigree would indicate he would like the longer distance and turf. I'll keep him on turf and point him for the Tropical Park Derby (G3 - Jan. 1)."
Winning jockey's quotes:
Luis Saez - "We broke second and I was content to keep him running in that position early in the race and down the backstretch. I gave him a little breather around the three-eighths and then took him outside for the turn for home. He was very powerful in the stretch. We had no issue in the stretch (stewards' inquiry). I think he's going to be a very nice horse."
Top three finishers and payouts:
1st Racing Aptitude $4.20 $3.60 $2.40
2nd The Best Glacier $6.80 $5.00
3rd And I Like It Too $8.80
Running time - 1:43.72
About Arthur Appleton:
Born in Chicago in 1915, Arthur Appleton oversaw his family's Appleton Electric Company for decades before becoming involved in the horseracing business. In the 1970s, he purchased a 500-acre tract of land in Marion County, Florida and established a Thoroughbred operation, Bridlewood Farm. It was there that the great Precisionist stood as sire for a time, as did Pass the Line, My Gallant, and No Sale George. Stakes winners to have run under the red and white colors of Appleton include No More Flowers, Break Up the Game, Halo's Image, Frosty the Snowman, Jolie's Halo, and Wild Event. A patron of the arts, Appleton opened the Appleton Museum of Art - a multi-million dollar endeavor-in Ocala in 1987. The structure and the majority of its contents have since been donated to the Florida State University Foundation. Appleton was inducted into the Calder Hall of Fame in 1999. He passed away on Jan. 15, 2008 in Ocala at the age of 92.