JOE TALAMO, SPICED PERFECTION, WINNER: “We really had a beautiful trip. She broke pretty sharp and our plan was really to kind of follow the favorite around there and it’s quite funny how a plan works out sometimes. Drawing the rail, she has a little speed but Brian [Koriner] didn’t really want to get in a speed dual so the tactic was really to just sit behind the pace. It’s funny how a plan works out. It worked out good for us. At the quarter pole I was able to angle around and she did her thing down the lane. I was pretty confident that she could turn it on for the win this afternoon.”
MIKE SMITH, SHOW IT N MOE IT, SECOND: “She ran too good to lose. I wouldn’t even say she lost – she ran that good. She dug in and fought hard, but the other mare just out-gamed us a little at the end. I don’t think I’d have changed anything except for the outcome if I could have done that. She was running happy and comfortable, and honestly I thought I had it.”
BRIAN KORINER, SPICED PERFECTION, WINNER: “I loved my filly coming into this race, but when we drew the rail, it diminished our hopes a bit. I thought the favorite would be able to do anything she wanted from the outside and that she’d be tough to beat. My filly handled the rail well, she took the dirt (kickback) in her face very well. She was very professional.”
MIKE TIERNEY (OWNER/PARTNER IN DARE TO DREAM STABLE), SPICED PERFECTION, WINNER: “She’s won three times so far, so she’s done real well. We were delighted – we thought the one hole was a real tough spot and was not favorable for us. The eight was obviously the odds-on favorite, and being on the outside was very advantageous. We felt like she needed to get out of the gate quickly, and she did. We wanted to get into stalking position, and that’s exactly what we did.”
NOTES: The winning owner is the Dare To Dream Stable, LLC.