GARRETT GOMEZ, BLIND LUCK, Winner: “I wasn’t happy (with the pace), but I didn’t have much ground to make up. I just couldn’t get her tucked in exactly the way I wanted. Rafael (Bejarano on St Trinians) kind of pushed me outside of Switch, but then in spots I was able to get behind them and she was traveling okay. She kind of travels pretty much the same whereever she is. The one thing that I was real confident in was that I only had a length to catch up to Switch. So I felt if we turned for home together or me giving her two or three lengths, I could still run her down. She loves to run in the lane and she has a heck of a turn of foot. With the pace being slow like it was, it makes the other horses become more involved, but Switch and (St Trinians) were right in front of me and I felt that those were the two that I had to outrun.”
JOEL ROSARIO, SWITCH, Second: “She fired again, but Blind Luck is a pretty good horse. I knew that Blind Luck and St Trinians were behind me and I thought I would be able to outfinish them. She tried hard but I think she was just second best today.”
JOE TALAMO, MISS MATCH, Third: “She had an absolutely perfect trip. I made the lead at about the three-sixteenths and I tried to open up on the field. She did, but she just got outrun the last part. She ran a great race.”
JERRY HOLLENDORFER, BLIND LUCK, Winner: “I was a little nervous (because of the pace) but I think Garrett (Gomez) was a little bit closer today than he ordinarily would have been. The only thing I said to him before the race was just to try to watch the pace and see what happens. He watched it pretty well and got a good run on them coming for home. We had kind of targeted the Delaware Handicap because it’s a big purse, but depending on how everything goes we might wait for Del Mar. I’m not opposed to the synthetic but I think earlier in the year she might not have gotten tracks that she liked and her feet might have been bugging her a little. I think she’s 100 percent today. I’m so pleased to have a horse that’s lasted like this and kept her enthusiasm for racing.”
JOHN SADLER, SWITCH, Second: “I didn’t love the ride but I thought the horse ran very well. She’s tough all the time. The pace was so slow, I’d have thought he’d be up a little closer. But as I said, she ran very well and you have to give credit to the winner. She’ll go for the Clement Hirsch next.”
Notes: The $750,000 Delaware Handicap will be run July 16 at Delaware Park…The $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch will be contested Aug. 6 at Del Mar….The win was the first in the Vanity for both Hollendorfer and Gomez.
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