RAFAEL BEJARANO, STORM THE HILL, WINNER: “This horse has been training really well and Phil has done such a good job with her. She’s been working well the past few weeks and she was prepared for this race.
“She was much the best today. She was in-hand with me early and I could tell she was full of run. The pace set up really good for us.
“Her best performance is at six-and-a-half, and she’s won at the distance and did again today. She had a good turn of foot in the stretch today, especially with that pace. They were going from the beginning pretty good.
“I think she can do both. I think she’s versatile. She can do one mile, six and-a-half…she likes both.”
EVIN ROMAN, SECOND ON PAINTING CORNERS: “She made an easy lead and it seemed like we were just cruising, but she was going a little bit too fast. That was a fast quarter (20.92) and she got a little tired.”
RUDY CRUZ, ASSISTANT TO PHIL D’AMATO, STORM THE HILL, WINNER: “We didn’t know what to expect. I told Rafael, ‘You be the one.’ He wanted to know if I wanted him to be close to the pace or back off the pace and I told him to just react to whatever was going on. He did a really good job. He got her out and she finished very strong.”
NOTES: The winning owners are Alastar Thoroughbred Company, LLC and Michael Valdes.