DRAYDEN VAN DYKE, HOOP OF COLOUR, WINNER: “Last race we went really, really slow and her kick, I had never felt anything like that before.
“Today, right out of the gate, I was set up perfect, she broke well. The only other speed was Three Hearts and the other Motion horse, Rusty Slipper. I got right behind Rusty Slipper; my horse threw her ears up and she was so relaxed. Near the half-mile pole only two horses were in front of me so I got out, stayed off Three Hearts’ hip and I had clear sailing from there when I asked her to run with no trouble.
“I’m so fit. I’ve been running Mt. Wilson a lot lately and I’m in the best shape of my life, I’m riding the best I ever have. I run by myself and I go up with Aaron Gryder as well. We’ll go off the main trail on a path that goes straight up the hill about 10 miles so we’re getting pretty fit out there and it’s showing in the afternoon.”
TYLER BAZE, THREE HEARTS, SECOND: “She’s a really nice filly. I was expecting a top performance from her today and she gave it to me. She just got out kicked a bit today. She’s a really nice mare and a pleasure to ride.”
GARY STEVENS, DIVERSY HARBOR, SIXTH: “There was no pace.”
ALICE CLAPHAM, ASSISTANT TO GRAHAM MOTION, HOOP OF COLOUR, WINNER: “She’s a really nice filly, and all that family, three or four of them, have been graded stakes winners. She’s shown a lot of talent since she’s been here.
“Drayden won on her first time here and she’s been training great since then, and this race kind of came up so we thought we’d just take a shot, and it worked out well.
“I’m sure Graham will talk to the owners and sort that out (when asked what might be next). We might run her back here in that mile and quarter turf race (Grade III, $150,000 Santa Barbara Handicap on April 18), or she might go to Keeneland.”
NOTES: The winning owner is Christophe Klemm of Lexington, Ky., who races as Flaxman Holdings, Ltd.