FLAVIEN PRAT, SPICED PERFECTION, WINNER: “She ran big. She broke off nice and then I was outside in the clear. She was comfortable the entire way. Around the turn I was going pretty well so I thought I had a shot. As soon as I asked her, she responded well and ran big.
“Brian didn’t say much beforehand. She’s been training well and I thought her last race was really nice so we were confident today. She’s really push-button. I really thought she’d run well today.”
TYLER BAZE, HOT AUTUMN, SECOND: “She’s a nice filly. She tried hard. She gave it her all. I look for bigger and better things with her throughout the year and next year.”
DRAYDEN VAN DYKE, DREAM TREE, 3-5 FAVORITE WHO FINISHED LAST: “I don’t know what happened. She just came up empty.”
BRIAN KORINER, SPICED PERFECTION, WINNER: “She really did it on her own. [Flavia Prat] even had to slow her down on the backside because she was running up there. I was just hoping she wasn’t too fresh and get tired late. It was a great move up, to have little pedigree and win a Grade I, I don’t know what that does for her but we’re happy. She’s got over half a million dollars now so that always helps.
This was her las shot against three-year-old fillies, we almost ran at Golden Gate for $75,000 a month ago and it would’ve been smashing everything into her so it was worth a shot here. In the meantime, we got an offer for her for half a million dollars and they were going to let me keep her. They made the offer before they ever looked at her and then took back the offer. It was a done deal and they backed out. So it was good to see her win after somebody said ‘no we don’t want her’.”
MIKE TIERNEY, LA TIMES RACING CONTRIBUTOR AND PART OWNER WITH DARE TO DREAM, LLC, OF SPICED PERFECTION, WINNER: “I never dreamed of this! To win a Grade One, with a Cal-bred…This is pretty impressive.”
NOTES: The winning owner is Dare to Dream Stable, LLC.