MIKE SMITH, MISS SUNSET, WINNER: “She ran really well today and she felt better than she’s ever felt. She just went out there and I just basically stayed out of her way.
“She’s really, really quick. She’s a little bit funny, because she runs with her head up for a little filly and she tends to get out. She also dares you to grab her and try to straighten her out. So you just have to give and take with her a little and use your body and she’ll just come back in for me.
“I’ve been fortunate to ride her in some choice spots where we’ve been the lone speed so we’ve had things our own way. She was really, really good today and won nicely.
“I really just concentrate on her. I don’t worry about the rest of the field too much, with her in particular because she is so funny. If I have to worry about something and move, or do something out of the ordinary, she doesn’t take to it very well. She gets all caught up, wants to get out…She’s much better now though. When she was younger she really did it. She’s getting older and smarter and I like her, a whole lot.”
JEFF BONDE, TRAINER MISS SUNSET, WINNER: “We got a soft first half mile and that’s what I was hoping for. This filly’s been training real well. She beat herself the other day down the hill (when third as the 3-2 favorite in the Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Sprint on Jan. 27) when she ducked into the fence. She came back and breezed well and it’s great to see her run like this today.”
ADAM KLEIN, SON OF CO-OWNER ALAN KLEIN: “My Mom passed away a few years ago and every time this filly runs, we feel like she’s on her back. It was so beautiful to see her run like this today. She was able to get the early jump on them and she got a beautiful ride from Mike.”
NOTES: The winning owners are Alan P. Klein and Philip Lebherz.
Ami Atkinson, Santa Anita Park Horsemen’s Liaison presents the trophy to Adam Klein (checkered shirt), Mike Smith and Jeff Bonde.