MARIO GUTIERREZ, DANCINGTOTHESTARS, WINNER: “I got a perfect trip. Unfortunately, there was an objection but looking at the replay, it happened just like I thought it did. I don’t think I needed to do anything differently, I didn’t bother anybody. She responded really well today. She’s always been a great filly. The grass is a little softer (due to the rain) but not much; it’s great.”
TYLER BAZE, UNUSUAL HOTTIE, SECOND: (Regarding the claim of foul he put in against winner Mario Gutierrez on Dancingtothestars) “He totally knocked my filly’s hind end out from under her (around the far turn) and it cost me the race. She went from dragging me to me having no horse in one stride and she still outran the rest of them. I was going to win for fun today.”
COREY NAKATANI, HALO DOLLY, THIRD: “She ran big last time (in the March 23 Dream of Summer). Today, we switched back to grass. I had a feeling that (Rafael) Bejarano was going to send for his life, which he did. My filly was tracking the other one; they went too fast and that’s what cost her in the end.”
DOUG O’NEILL, DANCINGTOTHESTARS, WINNER: “She’s been so versatile and so honest. You couldn’t dream of a homebred to be this honest. Mario (Gutierrez) knows her well. He was out of town the last time she ran (third in the Irish O’Brien at about 6 ½ furlongs). Joe Talamo gave her a great ride (in the Irish O’Brien), but the Ren-Mar people were kind enough to let Mario back on when he got back in town. Nothing against Joe, but I’m glad Mario got to regain the mount.”
CATHY LAMBERT, REN-MAR THOROUGHBREDS, WINNING BREEDER: “This really feels awesome. Doug’s done a great job with her; she tries so hard every time. We’re very proud of her. This is really special because we lost her dam last year. She had been bred to Atticus and then got colic. To win the Megahertz (Stakes, three starts back on Jan. 18) and now the Fran’s Valentine, this is unreal.”
NOTES: The winning owner/breeder is Marjorie Lambert of Burbank, who races as Ren-Mar Thoroughbreds, Inc.