DRAYDEN VAN DYKE, NEPTUNE’S STORM, WINNER: “This is a very game horse. We had (early pacesetter) Big Scott Daddy as a target and when we passed him on the far turn, he threw his ears up and waited a little bit on those other horses. When they came to him, he re-broke and really ran hard. He’s a nice horse.”
RICHARD BALTAS, NEPTUNE’S STORM, WINNER: “We got lucky with this horse, he came to us in great shape from Billy (Morey). He was a little lazy in his first work, but he’s been training well. I saw this morning that two of the clocking sheets had each given him a B-plus, which I’ve never seen. He doesn’t show off in the morning, but as you saw, he can run.”
DAN WEINER, NEPTUNE’S STORM, WINNER: “We have always felt that he had the ability to look another horse in its eye and just take a look and keep going. He has that heart and musculature, I owe it all to Drayden and Richie, but this group has always believed in him and today we got it.
“We were here in the mud a couple months back in February and we always had this turf race as a target. We are hoping we get to take him through another mile and an eight race here then hopefully bring him back for the Breeders’ Cup.”
NOTES: The winning owners are Cybertec International Inc, Saul Gevertz, Lynn Gitomer, Mike Goetz and Daniel Weiner.