JOE TALAMO, BEN’S DUCHESS, WINNER: “I was smiling when I saw the race play out in front of me. We really had a good trip. I kept her back and to the outside because the kick-back was a little heavy. I came into the turn and I had so much horse.
“She runs her race every time, she’s hit the board every time she’s run. Even when she doesn’t win, she’s such a hard-trying filly, so I had all the confidence in the world in her today.”
LARRY BENAVIDEZ, ASSISTANT TO JOHN SADLER, BEN’S DUCHESS, WINNER: “She always tries, she always brings her ‘A’ game, and today, Joe (Talamo) didn’t do what they (the other jockeys) did (vie for the lead). At the half-mile pole, I was kind of smiling when they went 43 and change (43.45). We kind of wanted to sit third. We thought the one and the five would go head and head. We didn’t think there would be four across the track (for the lead), but when that materialized, I was smiling.”
SIMON CALLAGHAN, TARIS, THIRD: “We were four-wide the whole way and they went really quick on this track that is just a little slow. I think that took its toll. The horse that sat back came and got them. I think under the circumstances it wasn’t a bad run but going that quick and going wide, it was just a bad trip.
“Gary said she felt fine but the track and the wide trip just took its toll.”
NOTES: The winning owner is Richard Templer of Chicago who races as Doubledown Stables, Inc.