RAFAEL BEJARANO, CELTIC PRINCESS, Winner: “She’s really good. The last time was the first time I rode her and she probably should have won. She didn’t have an excuse but she ran really well and showed me a big kick in the stretch. In the gate, I loaded last and the guy in the gate was holding her trying to keep her straight. But just then, the gate opened and she chewed the bit a little bit and threw her head. I didn’t try to fight her, I just left her alone.”
JOEL ROSARIO, HARMONIOUS, Second: “I’m really happy with her race today. The winner is a good horse, too. Last time I beat her with (Dubawi Heights in the Grade I Gamely May 30) by that much. My filly ran well, she hadn’t run in a long time (Feb. 13). She came back well. I know (trainer) John (Shirreffs) was happy. We’re hoping she just stays sound for the big races later in the year.”
A. C. AVILA, CELTIC PRINCESS, Winner: “She’s now a Breeders’ Cup nominee. Last month, the owner (Jessica Coudelaria) paid the $25,000 nomination fee. I had a chance to beat the odds last time, coming from five months off. And I had to rush to get her ready for the mile and one-eighth. It was hard to say how good she was because she kept getting sick, sick, sick. She almost died in New York. It was just bad luck because she won a classified allowance December 30th and 12 days later she got hurt. It was the tibia, just galloping. So that was another three months. Everything she does is just super. We’ll have to choose between the ($250,000 John C. Mabee Aug. 14 at Del Mar and the ($750,000 Beverly D. Aug. 13 at Arlington Park).’’
JOHN SHIRREFFS, HARMONIOUS, Second: “I thought it was tremendous. It was her last work when I thought she was really getting it. The first time when we worked her five eighths, she just got a little tired. The second time she worked much better. With the move she made and the way she responded, I was very happy with the race. She’ll probably go next in the John Mabee.”
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