DRAYDEN VAN DYKE, NEPTUNE’S STORM, WINNER: “Yes, we got away with some soft fractions and that helped. I learned from riding him last time and then working him in the mornings that when horses come to him on his outside, he’ll re-engage and fight back. On the gallop out today, horses came to him and he took off. He should like more distance.”
RICHARD BALTAS, NEPTUNE’S STORM, WINNER: Asked if he was concerned about the slow fractions: “That’s the way the race was. On paper, there wasn’t a whole of speed and this horse has natural speed. He can carry his speed and he’s a good horse.
“The thing about him is he’ll rate. He doesn’t have to have the lead . . . but he came home fast. I didn’t have to tell Drayden anything. He rode the horse last time. I just told him to have him up close.”
JOHN ROCKFORT OF CYBERTEC INTERNATIONAL, NEPTUNE’S STORM, WINNER: “I think he can go further, he’s a good horse. Initially when we got him we asked Billy try to find a horse that can compete in a stakes race, and boy can he compete.”
MIKE NENTWIG, NEPTUNE’S STORM, WINNER: “Billy and Luis Morey bought the horse as a 2 year old in training, I actually got in with the group a little bit later but the horse has been very straight forward for them and as the distances have gotten greater he seems to be getting better himself. Ritchie is pushing to go a little further, there is this mile and a quarter race in Belmont for some big money coming up and we may want to take a shot at it.”
MIKE GOTEZ, NEPTUNE’S STORM, WINNER: “He’s an athlete and anything can happen. He is in top form now and it was pretty much cruise control in this race.”
NOTES: Baltas leads in stakes wins this meet with five. The winning owners are Cybertec International Inc., Gevertz or Gitomer.