TYLER BAZE, WHAT A VIEW, WINNER: “I know my horse can go fast, and each time I’ve ridden him I’ve learned a little more about him. I’ve really gotten to know him. He worked dynamite last week and he was ready for today, that’s for sure.
“They were coming at him (down the stretch), but he was digging in. I think he only had one work (actually two) between Kentucky (the Maker’s 46 Mile April 14) and today and he worked awesome.
“I told Kenny (Black), ‘He’s ready, don’t wait around. Either work him three or four times and run him in the Grade I (Shoemaker Mile on June 3) or run him today instead of working him,’ so he decided to run today and it worked out beautiful. I didn’t think I’d get that easy a lead, but I was real comfortable out there.”
KENNY BLACK, WHAT A VIEW, WINNER: “You don’t give too many instructions; a good rider doesn’t need them and a bad rider can’t follow them. I thought Pee Wee Reese would be on the lead, but Tyler read it right and took the initiative. I was hoping he wouldn’t have to run as hard as he did today, but my horses have been coming out of their races on this turf course better than they come out of their works, so I’m not concerned. We’ll come right back in the Shoemaker Mile (Grade I, $400,000 turf on June 3.) We came back a little quick in this race, but I told my owners I’d rather run this horse for a $100,000 on turf than work him three times on dirt. Like I say, this is the best grass course in America.”
NOTES: The winning owners are Finish Line Racing, LLC, The Ellwood Johnston Trust, and Taste of Victory Stable.