TYLER BAZE, SELCOURT, WINNER: “This filly is scary good right now and she’s getting better and better. John said to ride her with confidence and I did. She broke really sharply and she was relaxed underneath me. Coming around the turn, when it was time to go, she took off.”
JOHN SADLER, SELCOURT, WINNER: “She’s been great all winter, going up the ranks and stepping up to the challenge. She got some soft splits early (today), but she kicked home so well, that’s what makes it so impressive, that final time (1:21 flat) on a drying-out kind of track.
“We’ve got the Humana Distaff maybe (next, Grade I, seven furlongs May 5 at Churchill Downs) or maybe the Beholder Mile (Grade I, $400,000 at Santa Anita June 2) at the end of the meet here, but no immediate plans. She’s had three good races already. There’s one step left which is to go for the Grade I, so we’ll look around and see what’s available.”
PHILLIP SHELTON RACING MANAGER, MEDALLION RACING: “I couldn’t give more credit to John (Sadler). She had a little injury, he did the right thing, gave her as much time off as she needed and she’s come back mentally and physically a completely different horse.”
BOB HESS JR., MARLEY’S FREEDOM, SECOND: “She ran great. That was as much as we could have hoped for.”
NOTES: The winning owners are Medallion Racing, Keith Abrahams and Sandra Lazaruk.