DRAYDEN VAN DYKE, S Y SKY, WINNER: “Phil told me she’s fast, but she can be tactical also. We broke sharp, but I was able to take her back and she finished really well.”
FLAVIEN PRAT, BELVOIR BAY, SECOND: “Turning for home, I didn’t think she could get beat. The winner was just too much.”
PHILIP D’AMATO, S Y SKY, WINNER:“I thought she was doing well, but I’ve got to give the credit to Drayden Van Dyke. She popped on top and she was in control, but Drayden realized the top two were really smoking so he eased her back and that was the winning move. We’re looking forward to campaigning her the rest of the year.”
NICK ALEXANDER, S Y SKY, WINNER: “I knew if she caught Belvoir Bay at the top of the lane she would out-finish her, I was sure of that. Her last race at Golden Gate, Flavien rode her and he made a huge move in the turn going for home and he said, ‘This filly has a huge turn of foot,’ and the secret after that was just keep her busy. She prefers the outside. Last time that she was beaten, she was down on the inside and she got caught. I thought it was perfect. A perfect ride and a perfect result.
“She’s made over half a million bucks in just Cal-bred races, she’s out of a mare that I claimed from A.C. Avila at Del Mar about seven years ago for sixteen thousand bucks. Everyone in her family has been a winner, we just get lucky sometimes.”
“I’ve won Grade three’s, I’ve won Cal-Bred stakes races, If I live long enough maybe I’ll get that Grade one.
“Isn’t she something? We almost retired her and bred her. It was close, it was a coin flip. She’s been so good to us. I’ll have to ask Phil what’s next because to tell you the truth, we didn’t plan beyond this race. I’m just so thrilled.
“When Belvoir Bay was a 3-year-old, Enola Gray was a 3-year-old as well and we were both entered in the Torrey Pines at Del Mar. We had to scratch Enola because of a cough. Belvoir Bay obviously won that race but I’ve been trying to beat her ever since then. This was the first time we’ve actually caught her.
“You don’t know about the time because it’s dirt from the turf and deeper, but I’ve never seen her better than this. It’s so cool.
“She broke her maiden going six and-a-half and then the Melair at a mile and-a-sixteenth but when we tried her on the grass she seemed to take to it so we’ve always tried her on that but several times we’ve had rain and come off of it. She can run on dirt so what the hell but I still think that she’s a better grass horse.
“She’s big and strong and I think she’s about 1,175 pounds and tall, long legs. She’s got a big stride, and she’s just a cool horse. Nothing bothers her. I’d love to have more like her.”
NOTES: The winning owner/breeder is Nicholas B. Alexander, who resides in Los Angeles.