JOSEPH TALAMO, S Y SKY, WINNER: “It’s good to get her back in the winner’s circle. She shows up every time. As you can see she’s never missed a check, you see that in the form. She just skips over the grass.
“I was actually surprised to see she went 43 in change, she was getting a little pressure but she did it so easily. This was great.”
PHIL D’AMATO, S Y SKY, WINNER: “It took such hard work getting her here and it’s very rewarding, She had a pretty good injury and Nick went above and beyond to rehab her. She’s come back in great order and she found the winner’s circle in the big race. We’re all very happy.”
NICK ALEXANDER, S Y SKY WINNER : “Thank you very much, we’re so relieved, this mare got pretty badly hurt at Del Mar the year before last and we didn’t think she would make it back. She had a really badly torn tendon and Phil’s done an awesome job at keeping her sound, I’m so thrilled to see her back in the Winner’s Circle.
“She was going to be in the Fleet Treat at Del Mar. We shipped down there and my three best horses all bowed on the first day at Del Mar in the deep, horrible ground they had that year.
“I didn’t think she’d come back. Even the vet said, she’s sound. You can run her. But she’s not going to be as good as she was before.”
“I just don’t want her to run on a surface that’s gonna hurt that tendon, we’re just trying to keep her in places that will keep her sound.”
“I told Joe before the race, if you watch the last time she ran off the hill you sat about two lengths back at the perfect spot, waited until dirt then made your move, so when he came out of the gate on the lead I thought, ‘Oh no, what are you doing?’ I think he put the other guys to sleep a little bit.”
“She is a sweetheart.”
WHEN ASKED ABOUT BREEDING HER THIS YEAR: “It’s more fun to watch them run. If she hadn’t run well today, that’s what she was going to do.”
NOTES: the winning owner/breeder is Nicholas B. Alexander, who resides in Los Angeles.