GEOVANNI FRANCO, LOVING LYNDA, WINNER: “Phil just said he didn’t want to see me on the lead. He said to find a comfortable spot to let her run and she sure did.
“I was expecting a lot from her because she’s shown me in the first few races that she’s definitely a runner. It was just a matter of getting a good trip and making sure she finished well. Once I asked her to go she kept on running and never gave up. She was having a tough time with the ‘one’ horse (Spiced Perfection) on the lead, but she fought and she won.
“We’ve been having a lot of luck with Phil, and a lot of barns right now. We’ve been really lucky with mostly every one of them.”
PHIL D’AMATO, LOVING LYNDA, WINNER: “She’s just a hard-trying filly. To go from five and a half furlongs to a mile and a sixteenth in stakes company takes a lot. She’s not the biggest filly but she’s got a huge heart and she grinds away. I think she’ll get better with age.
“I’m very happy for Jim Robbins and Darren. They’ve been big supporters of me so this feels good.
“It looked like it was slow motion, like she was just steadily grinding away and I was just happy thinking we’d get a piece of it. But to get the whole thing, is a great feeling.”
JIM ROBBINS, BREEDER & CO-OWNER OF LOVING LYNDA, WINNER: “I really want to thank Terry Lovingier (Owner of Luvacres Ranch). This filly was conceived and raised on his ranch. We claimed the mare (Wild Baby Girl) about eight years ago for $62,500. Her first foal, Racing For Chasen, is a half sister to this filly and she made $146,000. This filly broke her maiden here on April 28, and her full brother, Wild Landon, broke his maiden the very next day. We’ve got a 2-year-old filly, Mrs. Kimberly Kay, who’s a full sister also. The mare is at Terry’s place and she’s in foal again to Empire Way.”
NOTES: The winning owners are Darren and Jim Robbins.