MIKE SMITH, SIRCAT SALLY, WINNER: “She is really, really well-balanced. You can tell she goes over the grass almost like a deer; she just skips over the top of it. There’s just no wasted action and she’s got such a quick acceleration. She’s just extremely impressive.
“I would say this was her best race so far. There was a filly that was really fast in there that got in front of her and was trying to get out and in doing so I had to move a little early to make sure that I didn’t get carried away.
“So, I can see why she probably didn’t run her best race last time out but she still ran really well and won. But today was a wild performance. Today showed me that she’s ready to take that next big step into open company.”
JERRY HOLLENDORFER, SIRCAT SALLY, WINNER: “I’m very grateful to have a filly like her. She can do just about anything – she has speed and she can run long. You can’t ask any more than that from any horse. We thought we’d be on the lead. I was wondering what the outside horse would do, but they didn’t go with us. Flavien (Prat) sat back off the pace, and then he didn’t close any ground.”
JOE TURNER, OWNER/BREEDER OF SIRCAT SALLY, WINNER: “This means everything to me, I’ve never been in this situation before. I’m hoping to get this thing going and maybe by the time we get to Del Mar hopefully we can win a race to get into the Breeders’ Cup.
“I think she’s better on the dirt. She won by 12 lengths at Los Alamitos so…
“The track is kind of fast today so I understand the fractions (regarding the final three-eighths in :34 flat) but she did it beautifully.
“I’m glad the four scratched because she might have been my competition. It turned out beautiful today. I think her best distance is 1 1/8 miles. Her sire won three graded stakes at that distance.”
NOTES: Winning owner/breeder Joe Turner is from Fresno, CA.