MIKE SMITH, SMILING SHIRLEE, WINNER: “What a race she ran. I thought that if she ran back to her last race (a 2 ¾ length state-bred allowance win going one mile on March 6), she’d be hard to beat today. The two (Bella Vita) ran a big race but my filly dug in and got the job done.”
JEFF BONDE, SMILING SHIRLEE, WINNER: “We had the extra time off and she’d been training extremely well for this race. We were concerned with the rail, but Mike fit this filly like a glove, he really did. Like I say, she’d been training well and she rewarded us today.”
NOTES: The winning owners are Edward Brown, Jr., Alan Klein and Philip Lebhertz.