RAFAEL BEJARANO, ANGELA RENEE, WINNER: “I knew Conquest Eclipse was going to be tough to beat and I knew that Sunday Sonnet was going to be the speed. I got us right into the race and when I saw Sunday Sonnet go to the lead, I just tried to stay right behind. They showed us the trip. When we got to the stretch I made sure we were clear and I knew Conquest Eclipse was coming so we got the jump on her and we won.
“I would love to be on her in the Breeders’ Cup. I knew she didn’t give me everything today and I’m pretty sure she was saving it for next time.”
COREY NAKATANI, CONQUEST ECLIPSE, SECOND: “This is her first time going two turns, so she ran really good. She broke hard and she kind of slipped away from there. We tracked the winner pretty good, and she got the right trip. She’s definitely a special filly and I love the way she’s moving forward.”
KENT DESORMEAUX, DANETTE, THIRD: “I can’t wait to ride her in the Breeders’ Cup. A maiden third in a Grade I? If it wouldn’t be for my brother, I don’t know what I’d think of it, but I’m very proud of his effort as much as hers.”
MIKE McCARTHY, WHO SADDLED FOR TODD PLETCHER, ANGELA RENEE, WINNER: “I didn’t give Rafael (Bejarano) any instructions. I talked with Todd, he said the filly was very straightforward, don’t take anything away from her that comes easy. That was basically it. Todd’s a man of a few words. We’ll see how she comes out of the race and go from there.”
MARK CASSE, CONQUEST ECLIPSE, SECOND: “She learned a lot today. She had nowhere to go there for a while and it’s a learning experience. This sets her up well for the (Breeders’ Cup) Juvenile Fillies.”
KEITH DESORMEAUX, DANETTE, THIRD: “The ride was excellent. It looks like she got a great trip. She got out when he wanted her to; she just couldn’t run down the top two. It was an excellent effort for a maiden, don’t you think? She made up ground, then sort of leveled off the last eighth, so we might want to put some reins on our ambitions. We’ll see what happens.”
(Is the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies still a consideration?): “I don’t know. We’ll have to talk about it. It would be an ambitious undertaking for a maiden to run in the Breeders’ Cup. We might take a more plausible road. But we’re definitely going to put it in the realm of conversation. We’ll have fun with it.”
NOTES: Winning owner/breeders Anthony Manganaro, Nacho Patino and David Pope, who race as Siena Farm. Today’s on-track attendance was 17,023.