RAFAEL BEJARANO, VALE DORI, WINNER: “She was definitely ready today. I knew Finest City would be tough but I was only thinking about the break. (Vale Dori) was more focused today, more consistent. She broke beautifully from the gate.
“When I saw that Finest City didn’t want to go to the lead, I just took control of the race and took it from there.
“She was really focused today and she showed me a big kick in the stretch. She was tough.
“Today was the first time I think that she was pressured almost the whole race. She showed me a lot of power, a lot of heart. I don’t think she minds coming from behind but having a clean break, I just took it from there.
“I thought that from the first jump Finest City would be fast and would be on the lead. When I saw that she didn’t really want to go and didn’t relax into the first turn, I just took control and took advantage of (Vale Dori’s) speed. I just tried to relax my horse.
“These are two nice horses but since I had the lead, I had the advantage.
“The last time I worked her, about a week ago, she worked really good, galloped out well. I knew she would be really good today but the only thing was the break. Last time she had a bad experience so we just wanted her to relax and I didn’t play with her too much in the gate.”
TYLER BAZE, FINEST CITY, SECOND: “She ran great. This is probably just a little too far for her but she ran really well. I give the winner credit, she’d never been headed before and we were head and head the whole way.”
IAN KRULJAC, FINEST CITY, SECOND: “My filly ran her eyeballs out. Running second in a Grade I isn’t all bad. I’m happy with how she ran.”
NOTES: The winning owner is Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum.