GARY STEVENS, PURIM’S DANCER, WINNER: (In response to Stevens seeing her race last time out with Garrett Gomez up and if he thought she had a good late kick) “Yeah, I went back and watched her race from the other day when Garrett rode her and tried to draw up the same trip, and we got it. When we crossed the dirt, Garrett’s filly (Nechez Dawn) kind of scooted out and my filly has a quick turn of foot though, and it was over with in a matter of strides.”

(I heard you say to Tom Proctor (trainer) you think she can go further) “She will. She was loping along easy and I was glad those two horses crossed over in front of her and she settled in there real nice. She won with a lot of ease and shut it down when I stood up on her. When the field came galloping by her she picked up, she wanted more, so we’re pretty excited.”

(In response to what it feels like for things to start coming together, this is Stevens second Grade II wins in two days)

“It feels tremendous. Because of guys like these, Tom Proctor here to my right and all the great supporters of Gary Stevens throughout the years and giving me a shot once again. It’s time to capitalize and we are but its good horses that put you in the winners circle.”

TYLER BAZE, GIVINE (FR), NINTH: (In response to if Garrett Gomez and Nechez Dawn bumping him on the turn affected the race) “Yeah, his horse was lugging out a bit, but it was no big deal.”

(In response to his horse breaking through the gate at the start) “She was rarin to go and she broke before he kicked it! A little mishap, it happens.”


TOM PROCTOR, PURIM’S DANCER, WINNER: “We decided late to come into this race. Garrett had already committed to the other filly (Nechez Dawn), so it was too late for him to try and ride my filly.”

Notes: The winning owners are Doug Donnelly from Seattle Washington, Corey Johnsen from Grapevine Texas, Lenny Kohn from Chesterfield Missouri, and Gene McLean.