JUAN HERNANDEZ, NEIGE BLANCHE, WINNER: “The trip worked out pretty good for her because she likes to run like that. Just put her up behind horses and she was happy the whole race. I was just waiting for some space to come through and make her run, because as soon as she finds spaces, you just put her in there and she just comes right through like she did today.
” I put a lot of trust in her and in Leonard (Powell) to have her ready. I felt like I had a lot of horse, we were just waiting for something to open up. She’s a nice filly, she was ready today.”
LEONARD POWELL, NEIGE BLANCHE, WINNER: “I was cursing my country and (Fellow Frenchmen) Flavien (aboard Disappearing Act) a little bit to open the hole, but she was there when Juan asked her and she’s a very game filly, she’s all out.
“In the first of the spring we have races here that are spaced apart four or five weeks, so we will do that, and if she does well maybe we will try to look at a Grade I somewhere down the road.”
ON HIS FATHER’S PASSING: “My father has done a lot for racing in France, and me being here is part of him. And my daughter being here, that’s another part of him. My brothers and stepbrother back in France, we all live on with all that he told us. He was a great man to all and I hope we make him proud.”
NOTES: The winning owner is Madaket Stables LLC, Laura De Seroux, Marsha Naify and Mathilde Powell.