RAFAEL BEJARANO, MAY DAY ROSE, WINNER: “She’s got a lot of natural speed and we made the lead pretty easy. I wanted to stay quiet on her and get her to relax early and she did. Bob (Baffert) said that he missed a work with her and she got a little tired the last part. I usually don’t do it when I know we’re going to win, but I hit her just a couple times to keep going.”


BOB BAFFERT, MAY DAY ROSE, WINNER: “That’s her style. She wants to run on the lead and she got the job done. I missed a work with her during the rain, so I was hoping her class would carry her, and it did today . . . Watching her today, I think she’s the kind of filly that probably wants to be let run a little bit earlier. She’s the kind of filly that will take her speed and go 46 and change and keep going. She’s more of a free-running spirit. It was a good race for her, a good workout for her.”

NOTES: Baffert said he would consider the Grade I, $250,000 Las Virgenes Stakes at one mile Feb. 5 for her next start. The winning owner is Kaleem S. Shah of Vienna, Va.