ALEX SOLIS, STRIKING DANCER, WINNER: “I had an awesome trip. The trainer (Ken McPeek) called me and just told me, ‘I trust you. Just use your own judgment.’ I was able to save ground around the first turn and when we got to the five-eighths, I moved out where I had a good position and I had some options. She’s an awesome filly and she beat a nice group of horses today.”


JORDAN BLAIR, ASSISTANT TO KEN McPEEK, STRIKING DANCER, WINNER: “It’s not a surprise at all (that she won at 13-1). This filly trains well on every surface she’s ever been on, dirt, turf, synthetic, and she’s been a bad-luck filly. She’s had a lot of bad, troubled trips, through nobody’s fault, just a lot of bad luck, and every time she gets clear, she wins, and she wins impressively, every time she wins. We knew she had it in her and she showed it today.”

NOTES: The winning owner is Steve Kaplan of Cincinnati who races as Stevestan Stables. Blair said McPeek was in South America today.