MIKE SMITH, AS TIME GOES BY, WINNER: “I wasn’t shocked (to be on the lead), I actually thought the one horse (Pharoah’s Heart) and Harvest Moon would show a little more speed. But today she actually jumped really quick out of there, and she fell right into stride so nice and I just stayed out of her way.
“The whole experience for her today was really, really nice. I mean she warmed up really brilliant, acted really good in the gate, stood really well. That was really impressive today, she did that well, well in hand, and galloped out nice and now Bob can point her just about anywhere he wants to.”
BOB BAFFERT, AS TIME GOES BY, WINNER: “She’s by my all-time favorite horse, American Pharoah, and I’ve taken my time. The owners have been really patient. She’s beautifully bred, and I knew the older she gets, the better she’s gonna get. Mike is so great with these good mares and he just gets the most out of her. I was debating on running her next week in Kentucky or here but because I want to develop her slowly and the Breeders’ Cup is the main goal we chose to stay. She’s gonna get better with age. She’s so sweet like her sire. She’s the sweetest thing in the barn. I have a soft spot for her, because I think of American Pharoah every time I walk by her stall.”
NOTES: The winning owners are Michael B. Tabor, Mrs. John Magnier, and Derrick Smith.