JOE TALAMO, OPEN WATER, Winner: “Her last two works were very impressive. She galloped out real strong. It really worked out great. You could tell they were rolling up front. On this track you just can’t go that fast early. She was in between horses at about the 4 1-2 (furlong pole) and (Lady of Fifty) was kind of pressing me a little, so I took back and went outside of her. At that time, she took a couple of breathers and I think that really helped down the lane. She was really game.”
RAFAEL BEJARANO, LADY OF FIFTY, Second: “She was in a good position, but I didn’t have enough horse.”
GARRETT GOMEZ, I DAZZLE, Third: “She got in the gate and went to kicking. She got her left rear leg caught up a little bit on the side. It was on a pad and she wasn’t scrambling, so I don’t think it affected her performance.”
ERIC GUILLOT, OPEN WATER, Winner: “She loves this track, that’s why I gave her a little freshening after Santa Anita. She danced every dance last year and she was always the bridesmaid, never the bride. She only got back April 1. She’s got a great pedigree. Maybe she’s good enough to be a Southern Equine broodmare. She’s a Grade II winner now and her second dam is Flanders. I think she can go a mile and one-eighth and I’ll probably run her back in the (Grade I, $250,000) Vanity (Handicap June 15).’’
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