GEOVANNI FRANCO, JUST GRAZED ME, WINNER: “At first we were running one-two with her stablemate (favored S Y Sky) and I thought it was sweet. Then the number five (Don’t Sell) started pressuring us from the outside and I thought we were going too fast . . . So I was able to sit and wait and she had a great turn of foot through the stretch.”
PHIL D’AMATO, JUST GRAZED ME, WINNER, AND S Y SKY, FOURTH: “She really stepped up her game ever since we put her on the grass and found a home. She showed a real nice turn of foot late, so I’m excited to campaign her in the future. We’ll probably run in the Ken Maddy (Grade III, $100,000 at 5 ½ furlongs on turf Nov. 2). It’s against open company but I think if she runs this kind of race she definitely fits with those.”
NICK ALEXANDER, OWNER/BREEDER OF JUST GRAZED ME AND S Y SKY: “That was good. S Y Sky was bothered the whole way, but Just Grazed Me had the garden spot. I was surprised she wound up inside of the O’Neill horse (Don’t Sell) but it worked out.
“Grazen is like the goose who laid the golden egg. He’s 13 years old, has had eight crops and is about 95 percent fertile. He stands for just $5,000 at Tommy Town, a few miles down from our ranch (Horse Haven Ranch in Santa Ynez). He spends the off-season at my place in our back yard, then goes to Tommy Town for the breeding season.”
NOTES: Winning owner/breeder Nick Alexander resides in Los Angeles.