GARY STEVENS, PONTCHATRAIN, WINNER: “I got the lead earlier than I wanted to, I had a lot of horse. She was a little keener than usual today. I showed her daylight, and that may have been a mistake early on (in the race.) She’s still a little green, she didn’t punch in with me today. She wasn’t focused at the top of the stretch, she was distracted by this big crowd. She’s a beautiful filly. She’s still growing and I think she has a big future, she has a big turn of foot.”

RAFAEL BEJARANO, WINDING WAY, SECOND: “I had a great position and a good trip. When the winner passed me he got a little frightened after Gary (Stevens) showed him the whip but it was fine. The winner was clear already and he didn’t do anything wrong. I had a good trip and my horse ran good, but the winner was much the best today.”


TOM PROCTOR, PONCHATRAIN, WINNER: Asked if the 11 post was a concern: “No. Actually, that’s a good post. The concern was when the horse on the lead (Sky High Gal) kind of ducked out turning for home, I was on the outside of her, but other than that, I actually thought my other filly (Purim’s Dancer) would come running when things opened up, but it didn’t happen.”

CARLA GAINES, WINDING WAY, SECOND: “She had a great trip. We don’t enter unless we think we’re going to win, but (Pontchatrain) was the horse to beat on paper. She’s a very good filly, so I think I just got beat by a better horse today. We might try her at a mile again.”

NOTES: The winning owner and part-breeder is Leonard Lavin of Ocala, FL, who races as Glen Hill Farm.