SPRING FEVER STAKES QUOTES-SUNDAY, FEB. 21, 2021

JOCKEY QUOTES

            FLAVIEN PRAT, BELLA VITA, WINNER: “I thought I was on the best horse and I was.  She broke well and we got a good position up close.  She was push button and she did it on her own.”

TRAINER QUOTES

          SIMON CALLAGHAN, BELLA VITA, WINNER: “We were really looking forward to the race, she’d been training really well coming into it.  I just said to Flavien,’ I think you should get a perfect trip. My only reservation is if she’s one work short’, but it didn’t seem to matter in the end she won easy.

“One thing with this filly, she’s very tractable. He said she’s very push button. You can put her wherever you want, and I think when you have that tactical speed but you relax, it’s nice for the jockeys so they can put her wherever she wants.”

OWNER QUOTES

          KALEEM SHAH, BELLA VITA, WINNER: “Bayern certainly brings back lots of memories and this filly she was bred by John Sikura and I’m so happy for John. I hope that this filly, along with many other progenies of Bayern go on to bigger and better things.

“Besides the speed I think most Bayern’s have a nice big butt, so this filly seems to have that and also a very promising two-year-old colt by Bayern out of Enchanting Lady who I have very high hopes on so we’ll see how they pan out.”

 

NOTES: The winning owner is Kaleem Shah, Inc.