VICTOR ESPINOZA, CE CE, WINNER: “I thought there was just one speed horse (favored Hard Not to Love), but it changed and that helped me. We were able to take back a little and she was so full of run, I wanted to make the leader work a little bit at the three eighths, so I let my filly go a little. Down the lane, she was in control. She’s come back better than ever. She ran against some of the best fillies in the world in New York (fourth in the Grade I Acorn at Belmont Park June 8) and she ran just like she ran the other day (when a 4 ¼ length allowance winner going 6 ½ furlongs here on Feb. 17).”
MICHAEL McCARTHY, CE CE, WINNER: “She was able to keep her face clean. Victor did a great job of getting her tucked in coming to the half mile pole. (Went) head and head with the good filly (Hard Not to Love), it’s nice to watch her get the job done.
“I’ve always thought she was really good. Last spring, I thought she could beat any kind, unfortunately she got hurt after the Acorn (June 8, Belmont), which made us take a step back and take some time off. She has come back and hasn’t missed a beat. I can’t thank Bo (Hirsh) enough for letting us take our time and pick our spots, I kind of wanted to wait for Keenland, but I’m glad we didn’t after today’s result. All the credit goes to Bo and Candy.”
BO HIRSH, OWNER, CE CE, WINNER: “She could be the best I’ve ever had, she’s a half-sister to Papa Clem and we’re very proud of her mother Miss Houdini, who is 21 years old today and still going strong. I am just so excited today. We came out here because we had to find a race to run this filly in and I said let’s take our shot with nothing else for her to get to the next level and she beat all our expectations. I thought it might be a little tough to win this one today. I am pleasantly surprised.”
NOTES: The winning owner is Bo Hirsh, LLC.