EDWIN MALDONADO, SUNDAY RULES, WINNER: “She got a little bigger. She’s a small filly but she has such a long stride. I just want to thank Phil and Nick Alexander for giving me the opportunity to get back on her. She’s such a nice horse to ride.
“Somebody got a little close to me. I was confident she could win this race though. I was confident.”
PHIL D’AMATO, SUNDAY RULES, WINNER: “She had a little two-day deal which is why we scratched her out of the Santa Monica; we cleared it up with some antibiotics though and she was good to go. I gave her a little breeze to make sure that she was as good as she was before her potential Santa Monica bid and she was.
“I give a lot of credit to Nick Alexander because he campaigned hard to have her run in here and the more I thought about it and looked at everything, the more I thought it made sense. We got it done today.
“I thought it was going to be a horse race and it was. As soon as Raised a Secret came to her, she spurted out a length or so and I thought she’d maintain it. Edwin got her in a great rhythm and she maintained it all the way to the wire.”
NICK ALEXANDER, SUNDAY RULES, WINNER: “That horse started to come to her and she just put her nose down and just ran. Nothing bothers her. She doesn’t look like she’s going that fast, but she is.
(On running against the boys): “We talked about it because she was four-for-four on this dirt course. And those four races, she was never pressed, so we were hoping she had more if she needed it.
(On not running against fillies) “I was concerned about the condition of the course. We missed the Santa Monica because of a spider bite. Her hock blew up but it was a spider bite that caused it. She had never been on a turf course before and I thought it was going to be a full field, so Phil (D’Amato) and I talked about it. … I know it’s not always something you should do and I was ready to take the blame for it, but it worked out.”
NOTES: Winning owner/breeder Nick Alexander resides in Los Angeles.