MARIO GUTIERREZ, VENETIAN HARBOR, WINNER: “I had the opportunity to work her in the mornings, so I already knew a lot about her. I knew she carried the speed, that was never the question. I just let her break and right away try to not ask her too much, she did the rest. She put herself in the race, after that it was just wait for the time to kick home and she got the job done.”
BALTAZAR MARROQUIN ASSISTANT TO RICHARD BALTAS, VENETIAN HARBOR, WINNER: “She ran the way we thought she would. Yes, we expected her to go to the lead. She’s run against some of the best fillies and Mario has worked her a couple times, so he knows her.”
DOMINIC SAVIDES, PART OWNER, VENETIAN HARBOR, WINNER: “It’s great to be back and have everyone here, this was part of the plan. Everyone was asking, ‘what are we doing on turf?’, but she hasn’t needed a surface throughout her whole three-year-old campaign, all over the country and I didn’t think today surface didn’t really matter at all. We’re just going to keep her happy and healthy, Ritchie (Baltas) is in New York right now, Ruben was here to saddle her and they have done an incredible job, keeping this horse happy and healthy.”
NOTES: The winning owner is Ciaglia Racing LLC, Highland Yard LLC, River Oak Farm and Domenic Savides.