KENT DESORMEAUX, MISS SOUTHERN MISS, WINNER: “We have always been very, very fond of her. She works lights out but unfortunately, when she gets behind horses on the dirt, the spray sets her off. It wasn’t good for her mentally but on the grass, she just canters around there. She settled down the backside and never did take a deep breath today. She’s very talented and I guess she just needed a little grass under her feet.
“I hope she’s going to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf because I’d love to rider her there.
“Exaggerator certainly created a whole family of love for us, I know that. Two country boys from the small town of Maurice, Louisiana…I’m just happy for WinStar Farm to acquire him because he’s one of the quickest horses I’ve ever ridden. From zero to 100 in just two jumps. He’s very, very fast.”
KEITH DESORMEAUX, MISS SOUTHERN MISS, WINNER: “According to her pedigree, she’s supposed to run like this. I tell you what, since the two year old crop came in there’s never been a doubt as to who is number one in the barn. So yeah, we expected it.
“The key was Kent today. If you watch her other races it was a struggle for him to get her to relax. And, even though he had a strong hold of her today, she seemed to be relaxed. I had a lot of confidence that she’d continue her run home. And, it’s the pedigree! It’s nice to see that kind of stuff come to fruition. She had them beat at the eighth pole. That’s cool.
“She’s been so exciting to have in the barn and she has all the things you want in a racehorse. I actually thought we’d see that on the dirt but she leveled off, didn’t she? But she’s going to be a really good horse on this turf.”
NOTES: The winning owner is Peter Cantrell of Dallas, TX.