GARRETT GOMEZ, RUMOR, WINNER: “Going up the backside, the five horse (Equitana) was getting out, so I dropped my filly down to the inside. There was plenty of room so I let her slide up in there and I let out a notch to secure a spot. When we turned for home I asked her and she was there for me. Richard’s taken his time and he’s done a tremendous job with her.”


RICHARD MANDELLA, RUMOR, WINNER: “She liked it here last year I thought. She won big her first time out, ran good another time, but then things got a little mixed up. There’s no regrets. She’s been a good filly from the start and hopefully she will just continue on. The Santa Monica will be next for her.”

MIKE PUYPE, TRAINER, SAINT ISABELLE, 9-5 FAVORITE, WHO RAN SECOND: “She’s been away a while (May 1) and she got a little tired. I didn’t push her to get her to this race, I didn’t want to push her over the top too early. I couldn’t be happier with the way she ran. We’ll look for something in the next month going six or 6 ½ (furlongs).”

NOTES: The winning owners are Ramona Bass (Ft. Worth, Texas), Claiborne Farms (Paris, Kentucky), and Dilschneider (St. Louis, Missouri).