JOE TALAMO, IOTAPA, WINNER: “We had a perfect trip. John (Sadler) told me just to send her because we didn’t have much choice once we drew the rail. It didn’t seem like too much speed, so I sent her and we didn’t get pressed too much either. The fractions weren’t too fast for her so she was able to gain a breather at one point and it was amazing the way she kicked away like she did.
“I’ve won two Grade I’s on the same day before. It was on seven, seven, of seven (July 7, 2007) and I was 17 years old. I was an apprentice still before I was with Scotty McClellan (agent.) I won The Vanity with Nashoba’s Key and I won The Triple Bend with Bilo. It was a great day. I didn’t think it would take me eight more years to do it again!”
JOEL ROSARIO, GRACE HALL, SECOND: “We had a good trip. The winner ran an amazing race. I thought I had her, but she kept going.”
COREY NAKTANAI, LET FAITH ARISE, FOURTH: “They were going really fast and I was trying not to leave her too much to do.”
JOHN SADLER, IOTAPA, WINNER: “We expected to be in front. When you draw the one (post position) and you’ve got a speed horse going long, you aren’t going to waste the post. We wanted to go out in front. She ran a big race.
“She was second to Beholder, so she has really high-class form. She got away a little bit slow in the Santa Margarita. She didn’t really get a good trip that day and the other filly (Let Faith Arise) got the trip on her, but today, the trip was ours.”
Next? “We’ll probably run her in the Clement Hirsch at Del Mar.”
KOSTAS HRONIS, OWNER OF IOTAPA, WINNER: “This is a great honor to win the Vanity. To be among the names that have won this race over the years, this is an honor indeed for Hronis Racing.”
WHEN ASKED ABOUT RUNNING SIXTH AND LAST IN THE GRADE I, SEVEN FURLONG HUMANA DISTAFF AT CHURCHILL DOWNS ON MAY 3: “She didn’t like the trip, the track or the flying. We were very happy when she got back here, because she was so relaxed. A lot of times, when you travel and don’t run well, you have to take a break. When she had her first work back here though (a half mile in 47.60 on May 20), we knew she was fine.”
RODOLPHE BRISSET, ASSISTANT TO BILL MOTT, GRACE HALL, SECOND: “Our mare ran good. Of course we were looking for a Grade I win. She has no excuse really. She was right up there with the pace but she got tired at the end. We were expecting some tough competition out here but we wanted to stay away from the big guns in The Ogden Phipps at Belmont last weekend. The Vanity, out here a week later, was perfect timing for her and us.”
NOTES: Winning owners Peter and Kosta Hronis are from Delano, CA.