MIKE SMITH, UNIQUE BELLA, WINNER: “She broke really well today and I got her going. I was concerned about going too fast early. That was the problem in the Breeders’ Cup (Filly & Mare Sprint). She has been training very aggressively in the mornings, so that was my concern. She relaxed and rated and was happy with the pace she had to run today. She gave it all she had to get the job done.”
FLAVIEN PRAT, PARADISE WOODS, SECOND: “She broke well and had a good trip. She relaxed well, and turning for home she re-engaged and ran a good race.”
JERRY HOLLENDORFER, TRAINER UNIQUE BELLA, WINNER: “We never lost confidence in her. We worked with her and got her to run a good race today–thank God. Mike (Smith) and I both thought she went too fast early last time (when well beaten as favorite in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint Nov. 4), and she didn’t finish. Today, he let her lay a little off the pace and kept her wide and she finished well. I have confidence in Unique Bella. She gets into it and I thought she’d beat her (Paradise Woods), and down the lane, she did it.”
NOTES: The winning owner is Don Alberto Stable.