JOE TALAMO, S Y SKY, WINNER. WHEN ASKED IF HE GETS WORRIED WHEN HE’S GOT TO GET BY MIKE SMITH TO WIN:  “I just wish he’d retire, that sonuvagun! Mike’s filly really tried hard, but my filly is so nice.  She’s getting better with every race and she kept to her task and fought that other filly off.”




PHIL D’AMATO, S Y SKY, WINNER: Asked about the stretch battle: “Joe (Talamo) didn’t rush her (S Y Sky), but Miss Sunset, she’s no slouch. She won the Cal-bred stake up north (Campanile at Golden Gate April 30) and she fought. It was a great battle down the stretch.”

Asked if he was going to “retire the cup” after winning the Melair for the third straight year (Enola Gray, also owned and bred by Nick Alexander,  won in 2016, and Sheer Pleasure won in 2015), D’Amato said, “I need the Cal-bred (wins), because Bob (Baffert) is too strong everywhere else.”


NICK ALEXANDER, OWNER/BREEDER, S Y SKY: “The last five days, everything has been going wrong. When I saw that other filly . . . She’s small, but she’s very gutsy, much smaller than our filly. We’ve had three favorites in a row get their asses kicked, but I could tell our filly was running. She’s something special.”


            NOTES: The winning owner/breeder is Nick Alexander who resides in Santa Ynez.