KENT DESORMEAUX, RIGHT THERE, WINNER: “I think Keith needs a lot of credit for this win. We talked about the race on the way to the paddock and I asked him what he wanted me to do. He told me, ‘break well, but don’t chase them for five eighths of a mile. Get her on her feet and keep her happy.
“Keith trains them to have a big closing kick and she ran like she does in the morning. I think she’s showing her true talent because she’s not supposed to be winning at five eighths. She wants to go two turns and she has a big, long stride. Thank you (owners) Big Chief!”
KEITH DESORMEAUX, RIGHT THERE, WINNER: “There’s no doubt she learned something from her first race. I think it’s a handicapping angle, and this is nothing new, that after one race, you can automatically attribute another 10, 15 Beyer points to their second start. I expected that to happen regardless of what I did with her in the morning.
“Besides handicapping angles, all the things that a trainer looks for, confidence, good, strong finishing works, strong appetite, good coat color, she had it all coming into today. She was tipping herself off today. Those are the things you don’t see in the (Daily Racing) Form, though. Too bad.
“It didn’t look like Kent was asking her to be in the position that she was (when she was next to last at the 3/8 pole), and when you see riders on the lead start asking their horses at the quarter pole and we’re just sitting there, I was pretty confident.”
NOTES: The winning owner is Matt Bryan of Flower Mound, Texas, who races as Big Chief Racing LLC.