TYLER BAZE, SHEER PLEASURE, WINNER: “I don’t think me being near the lead was a matter of me trying to put her somewhere; it was a matter of getting her comfortable and her finding her stride. It was a great win today, she’s a great filly.”
PHIL D’AMATO, SHEER PLEASURE, WINNER:”The way she won, she might be one for open company, so we’ll just play it by ear. She trained very well. She’s trained as well as she ever had. I thought we’d have a good shot but the way she opened up in the stretch was a pleasant surprise.”
PART OWNER BILLY KOCH, SHEER PLEASURE, WINNER: “I think there were over 100 (people in the winner’s circle). We had four horses in today, three in the Cal-bred stakes.”
(On her second consecutive stakes win after winning the Evening Jewel on April 4, this one longer at
1 1/16 miles): “That was the plan all along. I have to give credit to Steve Andersen of the Daily Racing Form, who immediately after the last race, said, ‘You have to run in the Melair and when she wins that, you have to come back in the Summertime Oaks. That’s Steve talking.
“We always thought she was a two-turn horse, but we’ve been running in the races they had. This was the next logical stop. I was watching last year’s version and saw that Rovenna had won the same two stakes back-to-back. I thought that was interesting. I was like, ‘OK.’
“You could tell the whole way that Tyler (Baze) was so confident. He took three what I call confident looks back. When he does that, you can see he has so much horse. The race was over once they turned for home. It was really fun. Really fun. There are probably 15 partners in on this horse.
“What you don’t see is she’s so calm. Her demeanor is incredible. You see her in the paddock and she doesn’t turn a hair, then she comes out with all these people and she just blows me away. She’s tiny and sometimes they just can run. And she can run.”
NOTES: The winning owners are Billy Koch of Woodland Hills (Little Red Feather Racing) and Ronald McMackin (RM Racing) of Kailua Kona, Hawaii.