FLAVIAN PRAT, VASILIKA, WINNER: “We were going a little slower than I thought. She is super-easy to handle. I knew once she switched leads, we were going to catch Cambodia. I saw Rosario’s horse (Paved), but we kept on going. This horse keeps getting better and better. She doesn’t quit and she’s got a ton of foot.”
JOEL ROSARIO, PAVED, SECOND: “It looked like I was going to go by that horse, but the horse in front just kept fighting. My filly ran well. It was a great effort.”
DRAYDEN VAN DYKE, CAMBODIA, THIRD: “She ran a really, really good race. I just wish I could have been able to get her to relax a little better today. She ran a really good race, but she would’ve finished up better.”
JERRY HOLLENDORFER, VASILIKA, WINNER: “Sometimes everything comes down to luck. We were looking for a horse to put in the barn and ended up getting her and we got the luck of it. We were just looking for a horse that can win a race. I think there are no secrets to this, sometimes horses get good, they go to a different spot and get better for one reason or another. It doesn’t mean that we did a better job; it’s just she likes it better where she is right now. We’ll probably talk about [heading to the Breeders’ Cup]; we’re not nominated but I think it’s feasible to nominate her. We’ll have to do our homework and see if we’re going to do that or not.”
DAN GATTO, PART-OWNER OF VASILIKA, WINNER: “You’re never sure in this game. This is my very first grade one. We’ve won grade two’s and grade three’s but we’ve never won a grade one and we’ve tried. We had a horse by the name of Parranda and she lost this race by a half-length in 2014.
“This is really good redemption, this feels good. That stretch run was fantastic. She’s got such an amazing turn of foot.
“The thing that Jerry has really done well with her is her weight. She was the highest weight in the field today at 1,000 pounds and that’s all to his credit. When we first got her off the claim she needed the weight put on. He knew what to do with the right nutrients and therapy. The horse, of course, gets the credit but Jerry is right there getting credit because just a great job.”