DRAYDEN VAN DYKE, CHARMAINE’S MIA, WINNER: “I’ve never been on her before, but Phil just told me she was working lights out. She was sitting on a big race that’s all I knew about her. He said, ‘Play the break wherever you are, and go from there.’ She was doing it so easy, she had her ears pricked up and she was enjoying herself so I wasn’t taking anything away from her. I knew she was going to show another gear at the top of the lane, if I had any competition behind me that was going to run me down, but I had too much horse for them to catch me. She ran a hell of a race.”
PHIL D’AMATO, TRAINER, CHARMAINE’S MIA, WINNER: I’ve learned with some of these horses coming in from Woodbine, that because they’ve got a deeper turf up there, this is their first chance to run over a firm turf and sometimes, they just float over it and she did just that. She had trained phenomenally well on the training track here. I haven’t had a horse get over this training track this well since (multiple Grade I winner) Obviously.”
NOTES: The winning owner is Agave Racing Stable.