AARON GRYDER, MISS MY ROSE, WINNER: “I thought she was getting a very good trip, I was very confident at the top of the stretch, I gave her a chance to get into stride and get her to switch leads, she’s a very courageous filly and she’s very young so she’s a bit immature in her running, this is only her second start. Coming to the eighth pole, Rafael’s horse got to leaning out and her hind quarters were on my shoulder and we got kind of bounced and threw us off balance. She showed a lot of grit because she didn’t even stop after that, just lost momentum. Without any incident I believe she would stand in the Winner’s Circle regardless. She’s going to be a very nice filly. Phil told me before I ever worked her that she was one of his best three-year-olds and he was right.”
PHILIP D’ AMATO, MISS MY ROSE, WINNER: “She was a filly that came to us and we thought we were going to have a grass horse on our hands. I just kept bringing her up the ranks in the dirt and she impressed me and she just took on maid after maid, finally I was having to breeze her against older stake horses and she was handling them too. It is quite rewarding and Aaron gets a lot of credit because he has developed her along the way and I think the best is yet to come. She does things so easily, you never know exactly how much she has in the tank but I just take it race by race and gradually extend her distance that’s going to help her along the way.”
NOTES: The winning owners are A Venneri Racing, Inc. and Anthony Fanticola.