GARY STEVENS, ASHLEYLUVSSUGAR, WINNER: “I talked to Pete this morning and we were on the same page; we didn’t want to be sitting ducks like last time. My horse can’t sustain a long run but he can run a long ways.
“I pulled on him and he settled for me. They were lined up going down the backside and they were going a fair enough pace for a mile and a quarter. I was hoping for room and I got the split I needed at the head of the stretch. He just exploded.”
PETER EURTON, ASHLEYLUVSSUGAR, WINNER: “At this point in his career, at his age, I think he’s much better when we can get him covered up and make a run. Being on the lead, going this far, at his age, he gets tired, it’s difficult to take all that pressure. As you could see, he was a little keen that first quarter, but going a mile and a quarter, he’s better off running this way. I didn’t know if Gary was going to be able to get through, but Gary said he was loaded and he sure was.
“I don’t know about getting better, but he sure seems to be staying at the same level. What a ride here today, it’s just amazing.
“He’s like a little deer, he just keeps on going. He just has amazing lungs to do it, each and every time. To be on the lead for a mile and a quarter last time out and not get overtaken was just too much for him and it really took it out if him.”
JOE CIAGLIA, PART-OWNER/BREEDER, ASHLEYLUVSSUGAR, WINNER: “Gary’s really riding well now and he’s got a lot of confidence in this horse. At this distance, this horse has a pretty good turn of foot when we’re able to take him off the pace. He had to wait, but it looked like he kinda re-rallied. Gary thought it looked like there was a lot of speed in the race and he was right. This is such a neat horse.”
NOTES: The winning owners are Sharon Alesia, Bran Jam Stable and Ciaglia Racing, LLC.