RAFAEL BEJARANO, SEDUIRE, WINNER: “Seduire broke sharp from the gate. I was hoping she would because she likes to be on the lead and I had a bad post (rail). She broke well so I took advantage. I got her relaxed and tried to give her a breather. When I felt pressured going into the stretch I let her go and she showed me a big kick.”
MIKE SMITH, CONQUEST HARLANATE, EASED: “She just wasn’t comfortable the first 100 yards out of the gate. I gave her a chance to get comfortable and she just didn’t. I tried to make her go a little bit after that but the more uncomfortable she got, I just said ‘You know, let’s just pull her up, get her back to the barn safe and we’ll figure it out later.’ Other than that, she came back fine and that’s the important thing.”
JERRY HOLLENDORFER, SEDUIRE, WINNER: “Coming from the rail, you don’t really have a lot of choices if you have a speed horse (when asked if she might be on the lead). She got lucky and got away smoothly. I think the fractions were pretty decent. We might stretch her out around two turns. I take them one a time.”
NOTES: The winning owner is Natale Rea of Versailles, Ky., who races as Regis Racing.