TYLER BAZE, WARREN’S VENEDA, WINNER: “I was very confident. I was on when she broke her maiden a few years ago.
“She is so impressive. The last three times I’ve ridden her she just does things so easy. I haven’t got to the bottom of her yet. There’s so much horse under me and she just does what she needs to do to win. She goes out there and has fun and I just try to keep her happy. She takes me where she wants to go.
“Usually, if you’re sitting mid-pack horses won’t flick their ears back and forth and just relax but she was flicking ’em back and forth and was totally relaxed. Craig tells me she’s only getting better and she proved it today.
“Craig told me she’s been doing awesome coming into this race and I just ride her with a lot of confidence. She’s special. She’s named after Mr. Warren’s late wife so I know how special this is for him.”
RAFAEL BEJARANO, DAME DOROTHY, SECOND: “She likes to be right there. I knew Cassatt and Uzziel were going to be the speed though, so I just wanted a nice break and was going to put her right into the race. I saw Uzziel kind of run off in the beginning so I tried to put a little separation between us. My filly doesn’t like a lot of dirt in her face so I tried to keep her close and just follow the speed.
“I was clear in the stretch and she showed me a big kick; she’s still getting better.”
CRAIG LEWIS, WARREN’S VENEDA, WINNER: “I’ve been fortunate in my career to have a lot of good horses. I don’t know if there could ever be a better victory than when Cutlass Reality defeated back-to-back (Kentucky) Derby winners in the Hollywood Gold Cup (in 1988), Alysheba and Ferdinand. That one’s got to be in my mind forever.
“Larry the Legend in the (1995) Santa Anita Derby; I’ve got some good moments, but this was definitely a good one. I was pretty confident that she was going to win but I didn’t think that she would be that dominating, because I thought the two Eastern fillies looked awful good on paper.
“We’re thinking about (the $1.5 million) Charles Town Classic (against males on April 18). We’re going to have to take on some pretty tough boys, but she could be up to the task.”
BENJAMIN WARREN, WARREN’S VENEDA, WINNING OWNER/BREEDER: “Out of our 800 horses, that’s the best win, the biggest.”
MIKE McCARTHY, FOR TRAINER TODD PLETCHER, DAME DOROTHY, SECOND: “She didn’t get a very good trip into the first turn and down the backside.”
NOTES: Winning owner/breeder Benjamin Warren is from Rialto, CA. This is Warren’s first Grade I win in 35 years in the business.