KENT DESORMEAUX, SOPHIE P, WINNER: “She was fluttering to me and I haven’t had a horse do that with me in years. It’s a great indication to me, verbally, like she was saying, ‘I’m very happy here, let’s continue to cruise here.’ I stayed there until I needed her to help me make some room for a run.
“Once she had clear sailing she really took off. She had to fight to catch the leader and was very fortunate to beat the horse that she couldn’t see. The photo finish describes it completely. My horse is completely stretched out and the horse is completely coiled up so it was a very fortunate win and we were lucky to get the head bob.”
COREY NAKATANI, MADAM DANCEALOT, SECOND: “I thought I won my first Grade I for these guys, so close. What a nice filly, she ran great.”
JULIEN LEPAROUX, HAWKSMOOR, BEATEN FAVORITE, FINISHED FIFTH: “She stumbled really bad. She was standing fine…maybe it’s starting on the dirt, I don’t know. After that, she was never comfortable. She was pulling too much and not relaxing at all. It’s the kind of race that we need to erase and go to the next one.”
JIM CASSIDY, SOPHIE P, WINNER: “I really wasn’t sure if we got the bob, but if I had to bet on it I would have said no.
“If they put up dead heat I would not have been surprised.
“I was thinking Kent’s a great rider as I watched the stretch. He put her in the right position and didn’t let anybody get clear. He did everything he had to do.
“Kent told me that when he could hear her breathing steadily (makes rhythm noise) that he knew he had a lot of horse.
“The mile and an eighth in here, I thought, was going to be to her benefit and the fact that she’s trained very forwardly since her last race.”
DERON PEARSON, WINNING OWNER: “We wanted to run in an allowance race before we took a shot this Grade I, but the race didn’t go so we decided to go ahead and take a shot here. When they hit the wire, I thought we won, but when I got down here and started watching the replays, you don’t know where the wire is.”
NOTES: The winning owner is Deron Pearson of DP Racing.