MARTIN GARCIA, TARA’S TANGO, WINNER: “Today she was good. I think this is the distance that she wants to run, I think she wants two turns. She doesn’t have a lot of early speed. I think she prefers to go at her own pace and this distance lets her run at her own pace.
“She has two-turn speed. She just cruises and she’s consistent. This suits her.”
JOE TALAMO, YAHILWA, SECOND: “She ran a helluva race, she really did. The plan was to let her break out of there and place herself, which she pretty much did. She ran huge, I mean the winner came to us and she fought back. She did everything but win.”
MIKE SMITH, BIRDATTHEWIRE, FIFTH: “She just ran off. She wouldn’t load today; she was really leaning against the back of the gate so that when he kicked it, she got off slow. She got up and there was only one thing on her mind and that was ‘get to the front.’
“I have no idea though. She’s definitely better than today.”
JERRY HOLLENDORFER, TARA’S TANGO, WINNER: “We thought she could route because she did run against the Eclipse Award winner (Stellar Wind, second by a nose in the Summertime Oaks last June 20). I was a little distressed when she came away from the gate slower than we wanted her to, but Martin got her into a good position right away.
“I don’t know what happened to Mike’s horse (Birdatthewire) but she was running up to the front end and I think one of the key things was that Martin let her go so that he could make his own race.”
Next race: “I’ve just got to enjoy this for a few minutes. I might make some plans later on.”
NOTES: The winning owner is Stonestreet Stables, LLC, of Lexington, Ky.