MARIO GUTIERREZ, LEMOONA, WINNER: “I think getting back on the grass helped her. Last time she was well back and made one run and that’s what Richard told me to do today. I was able to get her to relax and just kick at the end and she gave me a helluva kick.”
RICHARD BALTAS, LAMOONA, WINNER, AND PANTSONFIRE, THIRD: “Getting back on the grass was good for her, but it was a slow pace. Pantsonfire was good but she was a little bit rank and I think it cost her. She hadn’t run for a while, but they both ran great races. I’m very happy with both horses.
“A couple of races ago she was dead last, then she made this move, it was really surprising. We have been running her on the dirt and the turf. She has won on both surfaces, so we are just trying to figure out what she wants to do. I think she’s better on the grass, a one run type of filly. I saw Mirth who just kept kicking in and it was opening up because Pantsonfire was making a run at him and then Lemoona just kicked in and we got lucky.
“She went a mile an eight pretty impressively so I think it’s probably more grass and more that she wants to be taken back.”
NOTES: The winning owner is Ahmed Zayat.