JOSEPH TALAMO, S Y SKY, WINNER: “We really had a perfect trip. She broke very alertly. We were able to sit right off the pace, right off the outside filly we went to the front. Really, she just kind of took it from me, I just kind of let her have her head, let her do her thing and she’s a very special filly. I think she’ll definitely improve from here. This was her first race and it’s obviously very rare to see a first-timer win a stake in the fashion like she did. She is very classy and I am just thankful to have gotten this opportunity on her.”
PHIL D’AMATO, S Y SKY, WINNER: “These Grazens sure can run. Nick (Alexander) liked her, even before I had her in the barn. He was telling me that he thought she was one of his best fillies. He’s the one who twisted my arm to go into this race and he was right all along.
“It was a great ride and she did it professionally. I’m very happy.
“Nick is a good racing manager. I think I’m going to get a lot more advice from him from here on out. We’re a good team.”
NICK ALEXANDER, OWNER/BREEDER, S Y SKY WINNER: “We thought she’d do better in the longer races, and the maiden race tomorrow is 5 ½ (furlongs), so we didn’t want to do that. Hollendorfer decided to put Sircat Sally in the Providencia, and I looked at the rest of the nominations for this one. I realized there was a lot of speed in the race. I figured she’s a big, long-striding girl, so she may come from behind and pass some tired horses.
“I didn’t graduate from college, but when they told me about the Cal-bred program – $17,500 when you graduate, 30 percent more in purses if you win an open race, the Cal-bred stakes program, the breeders awards, the stallion awards – I don’t know why more people aren’t breeding Cal-breds. It’s really a no brainer. The $17.500 is a nice part of it.
NOTES: The winning owner/breeder is Nick Alexander.