RAFAEL BEJARANO, MY GI GI, Winner: “When I saw that filly (Lady of Shamrock) was getting close to me (on the far turn) , I decided to get first jump on her. I knew she was the one I had to beat and I thought that was the only way I could beat her. I was pretty lucky because she passed me just after the wire. My horse just never quit. I think she is going to improve off this race.”
ALONSO QUINONEZ, LADY OF SHAMROCK, Second: “I had nowhere to go so I had to go wide, I had no choice. They went too slow the first part, that’s why they finished so strong. I thought I might have won, but I knew it was very close.”
PETER EURTON, MY GI GI, Winner: “That was an unreal ride. You’ve got to give him (Bejarano) a lot of credit. It seemed like he was riding both his horse and (Lady of Shamrock). Obviously carrying the extra weight and the slow pace, getting first run meant everything. He did an unbelievable job of riding her today. I was a little worried going to the post I thought she was going to be a little too keen. She came out of the gate and did exactly what we wanted. We couldn’t have asked for anything better. I thought she was going into this race a little on the aggressive side, but she was real relaxed and I hope she keeps improving with age. She can fill out and has every opportunity to be better than that. We’ll kind of enjoy this right now and not get ahead of ourselves.”
Notes: Bejarano also won the 2011 Honeymoon with Sarah’s Secret…It was a meet high ninth stakes win for the rider.
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