MIKE SMITH, UNIQUE BELLA, WINNER: “I really don’t think we’ve seen how good she can be. I’ve surely seen how easily she’s doing things right now which I think is extremely impressive. I truly believe we haven’t gotten to the bottom of it. There could even be more to her. I’m excited to see what the future holds for her, I really am. There are some different things we can do with her too because of her size. She probably can step up to the boys at some point. Who knows because she’s not just a one-gutted kind of filly. She’s got a lot to her. She’s built more like a colt.”




JERRY HOLLENDORFER, UNIQUE BELLA, WINNER: “We thought we would be on the lead, but Mike (Smith) was talking with me this morning, and we thought that if somebody went real; hard or something lie that we’d just try to lay off the pace and see if she would relax, but she got out to the lead and was handling the track very well. I think she really got a hold of the track today.

“I think we’ll look at the next race here (Grade I, $400,000 Santa Margarita Stakes, 1 1/8 miles March 17) and try to point for that, and then who knows what will happen after that? We’ll look at the Santa Margarita for sure. There are other races around the same time. We’d look at the Apple Blossom (Oaklawn Park April 13), but I’d like to stay home if we can.”


FEBRIZIO BUFFOLO, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, DON ALBERTO STABLE, UNIQUE BELLA, WINNER: “It’s up in the air, but I think the logical thing to do would be to run in the Santa Margarita (Grade I, $400,000 at 1 1/8 miles on March 17). We’ll keep her at two turns. Jerry said she was going to run a big race, but not this big.”


                        NOTES: The winning owner is Don Alberto Stable.