RAFAEL BEJARANO, NEVERSAIDIWASSWEET, Winner: “She didn’t show me any speed today because she broke really, really slow. I had to change my game plan because I thought I was going to be on the lead easy. After the first turn, all I could do was stay behind and make one big run. One time she ran really well at Ellis Park (her July 17 debut). She came from behind and finished second and I knew she could do the same thing today if she had to.”
JOEL ROSARIO, HOLIDAY FOR KITTEN, Second: “She tried. She lost a little momentum when the winner went by us at about the sixteenth pole. She was looking around a little bit in the stretch. She’s still learning. A horse came up alongside us on the turn and I had to make my move a little sooner than I wanted. She’s a nice little filly and she’ll get another chance next time.”
JERRY HOLLENDORFER, NEVERSAIDIWASSWEET, Winner: “We got behind traffic after a little bumping out of the gate and we were lucky to recover. I talked to Rafael before the race and he was going to try to get her away from there in a good position or on the lead, but when we got bumped at the start, he made a decision to try and come from behind. And it was a good one. Mr. (owner John) Brunetti (Red Oak Stable) bought her after her last race. I don’t think she’s coming back in the ($250,000-guaranteed Hollywood) Starlet (Dec. 11). She’s worked well on the synthetic, and I think she’ll run on dirt, too, but we have to prove that, I guess. In my observation of her gallop out, I would think she could get a lot more distance.”
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