KENT DESORMEAUX, MAXIM RATE, WINNER: “I watched the tape of her last race (Grade III Providencia Stakes on April 6) and you could see she was very unlucky to lose. Simon called me up before we ran and told me she was delightful, that she would do whatever I asked, he thought she would be best with a target, so I asked him who that was going to be. There was absolutely no pace but I was super-pleased to see Rafael, (Bejarano aboard Ladymidtown) lead with some aggression and set me up with a target. When Joe, (Talamo aboard Miss Flawless) came to her at the eighth pole she had to find two more gears. I think the pressure factor from the neighbors helped her progress. Just trying to win with the horses coming behind her on the backside, they pushed her; I had my hands full.”
SIMON CALLAGHAN, MAXIM RATE, WINNER, AND HOSTESS, FOURTH (reached by phone in Kentucky, where yesterday he saddled favored Bellafina in the Kentucky Oaks): “I watched the race (Senorita) here and it was very exciting. I thought she’d be hard to beat after her last race (second by a nose in the Grade III Providencia at 1 1/8 miles when she bobbled at the start). She got the trip we expected today and cutting back to a mile wasn’t a concern.”
RYAN COSATO, MAXIM RATE, WINNER: “It was a tough one to take last time. She ran awfully good – too good to lose. But we figured we’d re-group and cut her back to a mile in distance. Unfortunately, Flavien didn’t ride her today because he’s out of town for the Derby, but it never hurts when you replace him with a Hall of Famer like Kent. Things worked out.
“With it being a short field, the race looked to have a lack of speed, so that was nice because I think our filly can place herself in a close position. I thought she would sit in a nice stalking position, and the race unfolded that way. Fortunately she had enough left in the tank to hold off Lady Prancealot.”
NOTES: The winning owner is Nick Cosato of Slam Dunk Racing.