FLAVIEN PRAT, MOONSHINE MEMORIES, WINNER: “I had a great trip. She’s learned to relax, so that’s great. She broke well, she sat off the pace, dropped the bit and relaxed well today. When I made my move, she was all there.
“Simon told me to break and just wait and see what the other speed was going to do but I kind of rode her the same as I did in the Debutante.”
JOE TALAMO, ALLURING STAR, SECOND: “This horse took a really big step today. She was cruising right along and then the horse came to her, she put up a fight. She has a really, really bright future. We really weren’t going too fast at 46.4 and she showed me something when the horse came to her. She’s only had one race prior to today, so I’m looking forward to the future.”
SIMON CALLAGHAN, MOONSHINE MEMORIES, WINNER: “I just like the way she sat off horses and relaxed really well. That’s the key to getting these longer distances. We know she’s got speed, and she’s proven it in these two other races, but today she showed she relaxes, and that makes everyone’s job easier.”
“There’s some pressure (going into the Breeders’ Cup undefeated) when you’re training a filly like this. It’s not any added pressure, but it’s a good position to be in.”
SCOTT CALDER, REPRESENTING THE OWNERSHIP, MOONSHINE MEMORIES, WINNER: “You’ve got to give Simon [Callaghan] all of the credit, she ran back quickly after her maiden win and won. He was thinking about training her up to the Breeders’ Cup but she was doing great, so he decided to come here and she ran just the way we’d hoped she would. She was getting tired there at the end but she deserved to be tired. They set some fast fractions and it was nice to see her just sit off the pace a little bit. She gives her all every time so you can’t ask for more than that. Fingers crossed for the Breeders’ Cup, it’s great to be associated with her, for sure.”
NOTES: The winning owners are John and Leslie Malone, who race as Bridlewood Farm, Mrs. John Magnier, Derrick Smith and Michael B. Tabor.