JUAN HERNANDEZ, ASTUTE, WINNER: “I had not been on her in the morning. She was a little nervous in the paddock, but she warmed up nice going to the gate.
“She broke really well and then I let her go just to see what was going on and she took the lead really soon. She was comfortable after that. Around the quarter pole I made her change leads and then when I asked her, she responded right away. She’s a nice filly, she kicked really well in the last part.”
RICHARD MANDELLA, ASTUTE, WINNER: “(She showed) what a good filly she is. At Los Alamitos, she came out of the race with a sore foot, actually had a hard time cooling out it was so sore. So, we took time to grow her feet out and she’s paying us back. She’s going to be a good filly. I don’t have any doubts that she’ll go further.”
NOTES: The winning owner is LNJ Foxwoods.