ROSIE NAPRAVNIK, SECRET COMPASS, WINNER: “I was worried when I got to Gary’s (Stevens) horse that he would sprint away. He did for a little bit but my filly just kept running and she was all out sticking her nose out for the win. We’ll have to see if I’ll be riding her in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. I don’t know where Bob (Baffert) is going with her, so we’ll see.”

GARY STEVENS, SHE’S A TIGER, SECOND: “She felt great. She showed me two things today; she went to the gate quieter than she’s ever been, which is a big positive in stretching out, and she proved she can rate as well. She kicked clear coming into the stretch but I was pretty empty (by then), but she still put up a fight. When she switched to her right lead she was really laboring and I knew they were coming. I thought we might finish fourth. I wound up getting beat a head, or whatever it was, and she even started to come back the last 16th. I’m very proud of her and looking forward to the Breeders’ Cup.”

RAFAEL BEJARANO, FASCINATING, 13-10 FAVORITE, THIRD: “I had a good trip. She doesn’t like the dirt in her face. She’s not comfortable. We started to make a run but those two horses on the lead had too much of an advantage. It was kind of tough to catch them in the end.”


BOB BAFFERT, SECRET COMPASS, WINNER, FASCINATING, THIRD AND AWESOME BABY, FIFTH: “She (Secret Compass) was very disappointing at Del Mar (fourth in the Grade I Debutante on Aug. 31) . . . Today she had to gut it out down stretch, but I always thought she’d be better going two turns.” Asked about how he got Rosie Napravnik: “Rosie was open and I needed a rider, so I put her on there. It was a no brainer. We’ve had a lot of success together. I think she’s an excellent rider so I put her on and she sort of turned her loose and let her run her race. She’s ready to roll.”

Asked if he was encouraged with Fascinating’s rally to finish third: “She was so far back. I was a little worried about her today because I thought she was going to be a victim of the race track. She falls so far back and then comes running, but I really think she’ll move forward off of this. They’ll both be a lot better for the Breeders’ Cup (Juvenile Fillies on Nov. 1).

“It’s tough right now. You sort of have to ride the race track. It’s deep and it’s a little bit loose, still a lot of sand, so unfortunately, you have to have a good horse but you have ride the track.”

JEFF BONDE, SHE’S A TIGER, SECOND: “I was real proud of my horse. She relaxed much better today than she had in her prior races. Gary (Stevens) was pumped after the race and he told me that this horse will be really hard to beat in the next one. She has a two-turn race under her belt now and she’s learning how to relax. I’ll be running her in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies next.”

NOTES: The winning owners are Scott and Joe Ford of Little Rock who race as Westrock Stables LLC.