GARY STEVENS, PAVED, WINNER: “You can tell a lot about them working them in the mornings, and I’ve been a fan of hers and watched all her races. She’s just a super intelligent filly. We get along great. They told me that she’s a little bit odd around the barn, so maybe that’s why we get along – she doesn’t seem odd to me.”
“She warmed up great today, and Michael had her in prime shape to win. I’d look for bigger and better things from her – she’s definitely got a Grade I on the board for her somewhere down the road.”
“The trip was great. My most important job was getting cover for her – getting behind horses going into the first turn so she would relax. Immediately she dropped off for me and was just listening for her cue when it was time to go. She never got that cue until the hole opened up on the fence at the head of the stretch, and it was over within a matter of strides.”
ALONSO QUINONEZ, RIDER OF 6-5 FAVORITE FATALE BERE, WHO WAS EASED LATE: “The saddle slipped going into the first turn. I had a hold of her and I could see it moving forward. I thought maybe it would be alright, but she was pulling…By the time we got to the top of the stretch, it was impossible.”
MICHAEL MCCARTHY, PAVED, WINNER: “The blinkers have helped her get a little bit focused but it still seems like she’s a little bit better when she makes one run.
“The other day, in the Providencia, she was probably a little more aggressive than I would have liked. She’s usually pulls for about an eighth of a mile and comes off the bridle. But, that particular day, she pulled for a good three-eighths of a mile. Today, Gary did a masterful job of getting her to settle in behind horse and she came with a fantastic run.”
ARON WELLMAN, ECLIPSE THOROUGHBREDS, WINNING OWNER:
When asked if he had a hand in Gary Stevens being selected to ride Paved for the first time? “It made sense. Thirteen years ago, I won my first graded stakes and it was with Gary, in the Honeymoon Handicap at Hollywood Park with a filly named Three Degrees.”
“Last time we ran her (in the Providencia) there was one speed filly in the race, Ms Bad Behavior, and it was definitely owner error to instruct Drayden (Van Dyke) to not let her get too far away. We pressed from the outside and we chased and that’s not how she likes to run and not how she likes to be ridden.
“She’s definitely much more effective with some cover so we knew Drayden was going to be in New York today so it made a lot of sense to go to Gary. He’s worked her the last two weeks and as soon as he got off of her the first time, he asked me, ‘Who was that?!’ and I said Paved. He said that makes sense, she was unreal. I explained to him that I messed up last time and obviously, he did the rest today.”