FLAVIEN PRAT, ASHLEYLUVSSUGAR, WINNER: “I had a good trip. It came really easy. Once he gets the lead he doesn’t want to open up, but he knows he has to keep at least a head in front.”
PETER EURTON, ASHLEYLUVSSUGAR, WINNER: “He got a perfect ride. I think they (Flavien Prat and the horse) are just getting to know each other. I think Flavvy was just a little bit nervous in the paddock, but the kid is so good, so good. Other than telling him the horse likes to be outside, I didn’t say anything. That was a nice, easy lead that What a View got. I didn’t think we’d get by him for a minute there, but Ashley’s got a lot of class.”
As to what’s next: “He’s invited to go to Qatar, but I think he should stay here and run in two months in the mile and a half (in the Grade II, $200,000 San Luis Rey Stakes).”
JOE CIAGLIA, PART-OWNER/BREEDER ASHLEYLUVSSUGAR, WINNER: “I was so nervous today, it was crazy. The horse just won the 2016 Cal-Bred Turf Horse of the Year but What a View was second and we’re running against him today. It’s not trying to be competitive but we felt like we had to come right back out and prove that we are the best. We were the best Turf horse last year and now we’re getting to carry that over into this year.
“It was very exciting to win this one, I was so nervous. We’ve been running in open company races and people think Cal Bred races are easy but Cal-breds are tough. I was more nervous about this than other races we’ve run in.”
“We don’t have a plan. We just wanted to get to Cal Cup and that was our first plan.”
MIKE MELLEN, PART-OWNER/BREEDER ASHLEYLUVSSUGAR, WINNER: “The race was very scary there at the end. The other horse, What a View, is a very good horse and has a Grade I win. We knew it would be a tough race and the one hole isn’t his best position but he’s a great horse. What can you say? He never gives up.”
NOTES: The winning owners are Sharon Alesia, Bran Jam Stable and Ciaglia Racing, LLC.