MIKE SMITH, BEEN STUDYING HER, WINNER: “She absolutely cruised. I don’t think she took a breath. We left the gate well and relaxed and got into her rhythm. I stayed out of her way. I tickled her on the turn and she took off. It got me to thinking maybe we should have run her later in the day.”
JOEL ROSARIO, SMILING SHIRLEE, SECOND: “Yeah she did (run well). We couldn’t catch the winner, the winner was too fast in the front, but she put in a nice run in the end.
“It was a good trip. She showed a little bit of speed but not too much. It looked like there was a lot of speed in the race but she was happy where she was, and then she came running in the end.”
DAN WARD, BEEN STUDYING HER, WINNER: “She’s out of a great mare (Maddie’s Odyssey by Kitten’s Joy) that’s produced Grecian Fire and Sneaking Out. She got a perfect ride, a Hall of Fame ride. Mike kept her in the clear and she ran great. She’d trained great and she ran great.”
KEVIN NISH, BEEN STUDYING HER, WINNER: “I feel very happy, and very gratified. Nope (on if he expected a win), this little one here didn’t look like a whole bunch of a race horse when she was first born. Now we’ve got a multiple stakes winner.”
NOTES: The winning owner is KMN Racing, LLC.