MARIO GUTIERREZ, QUIET OASIS, Winner: “This is just great. I’ve had the opportunity to ride this filly three times. Last time she was a little bit short. She didn’t fight me at all today and was a real professional. I’ve been working her in the mornings, and I knew she was really feeling good for this race. She’s been settling down really nicely in her works. I thought if she could settle like that in the afternoon, nobody could beat her.
GARRETT GOMEZ, MEGA DREAM, Second: “She was wound up real tight. If we can work on her mind a little bit and get her settled down, I think we’ll be in good shape. It was a good performance and she traveled well. She hadn’t run really well going two turns before, but I think it’s more mental than anything.”
BEN CECIL, QUIET OASIS, Winner: “The problem with her early on is that she was very head strong and rank. The nice thing is she’s gotten more and more relaxed. She hasn’t done much wrong since she’s been here. Her one not-so-great race was the Matriarch (a sixth place finish in the Grade I last Nov. 25) and she really didn’t run a bad race. She was still plenty aggressive at that time. My exercise rider has done a really good job of getting her to settle.’’
J. PAUL REDDAM, OWNER, QUIET OASIS, Winner: “In England she had made a little bit of a noise, but we weren’t worried about that. We bought her from our trainer (Brian Meehan) in England and she’s stretched out like a pro. The other difference is that now she’s able to relax more and settle. When she first got here, she was very, very keen and would kind of take herself out of the race. She’s like a different race horse now and I would give full credit to Ben (Cecil) and his team.”
VLADIMIR CERIN, BRIECAT, Third: “Well, at least she gets an “A” for effort.”
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