KENT DESORMEAUX, DECKER OUT, WINNER: “It’s been that kind of year for the Desormeaux family. It was doubtful from the quarter pole. I wasn’t getting there fast enough and I thought I had won, but with the recent photo finishes, I was scared to have an opinion. The end result was close, because she’s knocked on the door all year. She’s been on the south end, and today she got on the north side.
“(The turf course) has a lot of give to it. I wouldn’t call it yielding, but it’s definitely soft.”
LUIS SAEZ, SASSY LITTLE LILA, SECOND: “I thought we were going to be right there – if we didn’t win it was going to be a dead heat. When I came back and saw the result, we got beat. I thought we had it. The course was fine. I was in front and didn’t notice anything wrong. I felt like she was very comfortable.”
KEITH DESORMEAUX, DECKED OUT, WINNER: “She won the Providencia on Santa Anita Derby Day on soft ground so I definitely wasn’t worried. We don’t get this weather too often here in southern California. We’re Louisiana-breds so I’m glad I’m the trainer today.
“She looked tired (in the stretch.) She looked like she was starting to labor so I was surprised that she continued on. She showed her heart today.
“I think that twenty-two and change took its toll on (Sassy Little Lila, pacesetter). The reoccurring theme in my mind is that she has so much heart. I had no idea who won the photo at first.
“You can’t ever get enough of these Grade ones. I have to compliment the team. Grade ones are always what we’re after and her broodmare value just skyrocketed so it’s very gratifying. To be able to buy these kinds of horses and get these goals accomplished, it’s so fun and it’s been a helluva year.
“She was training awesome coming into today. I think a key decision was not run her at Del Mar. We skipped a race in hopes of getting her fresh and that may have been the winning decision.”
NOTES: The winning owners are Matt Bryan (Big Chief Racing, LLC) of Ft. Worth, TX, Head of Plains Partners, LLC and Gene A. Voss.