GRADE III, $100,000, SANTA ANA STAKES QUOTES
__GRADE III, $100,000, SANTA ANA STAKES QUOTES __
FLAVIEN PRAT, BALLET DANCING, WINNER: “I watched some videos of her and talked to Simon. Everything worked well. She (broke) well, got ourselves in the race and I was travelling really well all the way around. She responded really well when I asked her.
“The turf has a little cut to it, but I thought it was really good.”
SIMON CALLAGHAN, BALLET DANCING, WINNER: “This was certainly the distance we’ve been waiting for. During her three-year-old career they pretty much kept the races at a mile and an eighth and that was just the bare minimum, so I think now as an older mare she’s just gonna flourish and I think these longer distances, a mile and a quarter and a mile and a half they are going to be right in her wheelhouse.
“Flavien was in a perfect position the whole way. He just kept her comfortable at a stalking position. The whole race I was pretty happy with where she was and when I saw nothing was really coming and Flavien made his move I thought, ‘Well, it would be pretty tough to catch her from here.’
“I think this distance is the key for her…Keeping her at these distances, we can go even further with her, a mile and a half, I think. That’s very much what the pedigree suggests and her frame. I think we should have a fun older year with her.”
NOTES: The winning owners are Westerberg, Mrs. John Magnier, Michael B. Tabor, and Derrick Smith.