TYLER BAZE, ENOLA GRAY, WINNER: “Coming into this race, the more I thought about it, I thought she’d like this firm turf. On the way to the gate, she was having a blast, feeling good and I knew she was gonna run big. In her last race at Los Al, I know it was against open company, but she had a lotta stuff going against her. She had been sick, we kinda took the speed out of her by running her long (three starts back on May 28). This is a nice filly. I really think seven eighths is her best distance, on dirt or turf.”
REGARDING THE EARLY PACE SCENARIO, IN WHICH DESERT STEEL WAS HUSTLED FROM THE RAIL TO ENGAGE THE WINNER: “I didn’t necessarily think that filly would go like she did, but it didn’t alter the way my filly ran. I just wanted to give her a chance to spread her wings and be comfortable.”
PHIL D’AMATO, ENOLA GRAY, WINNER, AND LONG HOT SUMMER, FIFTH: “Tyler (Baze) said going up the hill he could tell she liked it (the turf course). She was nice and relaxed. He just had a good feeling about her in the warm up.
“That’s the next logical step (the Betty Grable Stakes Nov. 13 at Del Mar, seven furlongs on dirt) for her, and hopefully the La Brea (Grade I at seven furlongs at Santa Anita Dec. 26) after that.”
Asked if Joe Talamo said anything about favored Long Hot Summer: “He just said she was kind of dull. He thought he was in a good spot, he asked her, but she just kind of went the same. I’m going to check her out now at the (receiving) barn and see if I can find anything on her because she trained like she was going to run a winning race also.”
OWNER/BREEDER NICK ALEXANDER, ENOLA GRAY, WINNER: “This was an experiment that paid
off. Her sire, Grazen, never ran on the grass because he got hurt right before we had a chance. Now this gives us a lot of choices with her, but the Betty Grable is where we’re going next. That was the plan.”
NOTES: Winning owner/breeder Nick Alexander resides in Los Angeles.