BRICE BLANC, MS PEINTOUR, WINNER: “After her last race, I told Brian I think she wants to run further. She stays very steady and even though she doesn’t have big turn of foot, she keeps trying. This race came up at a mile and one half and it was perfect. I’m very happy to be right and I’m glad to have this opportunity with Brian and Samantha.”
BRIAN KORINER, MS PEINTOUR, WINNER: “She’s always loped out strong. She doesn’t have that turn of foot, but she’s acted like she wants to go and go. We thought if Brice could get the jump on them today, we wouldn’t have horses finishing like they do at the shorter distances. She ran a really big race today and I told ‘Sam’ that even though we’ve had offers on her as a broodmare, let’s try her in a few more times and it worked out.”
SAMANTHA SIEGEL, OWNER, MS PEINTOUR, WINNER: “The big excuse is that she hates that turf down at Del Mar, she just won’t pick up her feet on it at all no matter how good she trains. She likes the track at Los Alamitos, so Brian trains her there, keeps her quiet and ships her over when she runs. Brice said she might really like a mile and a half so she can get to relax. The plan came together and it actually worked!
“At about the half mile pole I was like okay it’s time to go, she moved up on the turn like she did last time (Dec. 28) but she had a little more in the tank today and once she got moving it was home free.”
NOTES: The winning owner is Jay Em Ess Stable.