RAFAEL. BEJARANO, HALO DOLLY, Winner: ”I had a good position from the beginning. All I had to do is follow the speed. This was my first time riding her and I was comfortable the whole race. When I came to the stretch I just let her go. I didn’t really have to ask her too much, just a couple of taps on the shoulder.
JULIEN LEPAROUX, LONG FACE, Second: “She relaxed well the first quarter of a mile and when I asked her to run, she kicked it in. She’s got a good quarter of a mile run.’’
JOE TALAMO, MOONE’S MY NAME, Third: “She walked out of the gate and she just got so far back. She tried to flip right before the start. She was never really standing well. Then at the quarter pole she got hit pretty good by (eventual sixth place finisher Nobilis).”
DAN WARD (Assistant to Jerry Hollendorfer), HALO DOLLY, Winner: “The main thing today was a firm turf. The only times she’s run poorly is when the turf has been soft. She’s run terrific here twice. (Bejarano) always gives them a good trip. If you have the horse, you’re going to win. She might go in the (Grade I, $250,000) Gamely Stakes (May 27). We’ll see. That would be logical because she’s already a Grade II winner.’’
PATRICK BIANCONE, LONG FACE, Second: “She ran very well today. She can be difficult because she has one kick and you have to time it perfectly. Julien rode her perfectly. If you ask her too soon, she becomes rank sometimes.’’
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