BRICE BLANC, A JEALOUS WOMAN, WINNER: (In response to having to move early) “When I made the decision, I knew she would quicken for me and keep that steady run going. She’s not one of those fillies that have a quick acceleration but she has a steady, long, fast run. So we . . . Francis (Meza, the trainer) and Eddie (Meza, her husband) have been working to get her to come down a little bit. She was way too fast early on, and didn’t finish quick enough. This whole year has been a great experience for her and for me as well. She is a nice filly to ride. She is very classy and has really started to respond to what we want her to do. I wish I had more like her.”

GARRETT GOMEZ, BYRONY, SECOND: “She ran good. I thought when I was covered (able to sit mid-pack to the half-mile) I would be able to get by them. I could just never get by them.”

COREY NAKATANI, IN THE STARS, 19-10 FAVORITE, THIRD: “I didn’t want to be on the lead and I got the guy next to me (Rafael Bejarano on Lady Ten) smooching. I couldn’t get my filly behind a horse so that really just screwed up our whole plan. I was wanting to be three or four (lengths) back at least, but like I said, the guy next to me’s chirping. At the same time, she wasn’t disgraced running those fractions.”


FRANCIS MEZA, A JEALOUS WOMAN, WINNER: “Last time she was nominated for the Frankel Stakes (Dec. 30) but she had something going on in her feet and she couldn’t make it. So we worked on that and got her ready for this.”

Francis, from Mexico, has been training for one year and plans to run A Jealous Woman next in the Grade II, $150,000 Buena Vista Stakes at one mile on turf Feb. 18.

NOTES: Three Cent Stable is a partnership headed by Donald Ladd of Chino Hills.