TYLER BAZE, SELCOURT, WINNER: “She’s a nice filly but she had to work for it today. I was very confident in her. She ran a huge race last time and John said she’s doing better than she was before that race so that means she was going to run at least as well as she did in her last and I thought that was good enough to win today.
“Skye Diamonds is a tough mare and so is Coniah…Those were tough horses she beat today so we’ll see where it goes from here.
“John didn’t say anything in the paddock but I saw him near his barn this morning. He said, ‘we’ve got a good outside post so just don’t take any of her speed away. Use that to your advantage and don’t let anyone go and get the lead from you because she’s too good. She’s better than those horses so make them run to beat you and run to stay up with you.’ So that’s what I did.”
JOHN SADLER, SELCOURT, WINNER: “She was in with really good horses and their strategy seemed to be to take it to her. She took the pressure and just kept going.
“We’ll probably go out to a seven eighths race in her next start, run her a little further. We might even try her in the Beholder mile when we get around to June, something like that. She’s a big-striding filly and can carry her speed well so we’ll just take it one race at a time.
“I was pretty confident today. She’s been training so well that I just wanted to run her back. She handles this track beautifully and she had a beautiful work here last weekend. She’s a good filly so for the good ones, it’s not so hard.”
BILLY MOREY, TRAINER CONIAH, SECOND: “I thought she ran a great race. Hats off to the winner, but we gave her everything she wanted. To go head and head like that and still finish, that’s a heck of race.”
BILL SPAWR, TRAINER, SKYE DIAMONDS, THIRD: “She might have gotten a little tired at the end. Tiago said she didn’t have the best of trips…She had to go a little wide there turning for home…But, it’s a good start.”
KEITH ABRAHAMS, WINNING BREEDER & CO-OWNER: “Her dam (Azure Springs) has been one of those mares who’s been a little unlucky. I always thought this filly would be a really good horse, but when she was a yearling, my farm people advised me to sell her…We’ve been patient and we’re with Mister patient, John Sadler.”
NOTES: The winning owners are Medallion Racing, Keith Abrahams and Sandra Lazaruk.