MIKE SMITH, EMOLLIENT, First: “I got away slow, so I kept her covered up. She broke so flat footed I just put her right in behind. I could tell how slow they were going, so I went for it to get on the clear and make the pace move. Looking back at it now, I can say it was a great move.”
VICTOR ESPINOZA, EMOTIONAL KITTEN, Second: “Turning for home, I thought I had the race won, but she kind of hung the last eighth. She still ran a great race.”
GARRETT GOMEZ, TOPIC, Third: “I thought going a mile and a quarter would probably help her a bit and that’s what (Drysdale) told me in the paddock. She kept staying and she ran well. Once she continues to mature, I am sure she will run better.”
RODOLPHE BRISSET (Assistant trainer, BILL MOTT), EMOLLIENT, Winner: “She answered a couple of questions today. We didn’t know about the grass and we didn’t know about the mile and one-quarter. That was a very good race for her. She’s definitely going to stick to the turf, but we can keep in mind she won a Grade I (Ashland Stakes April 6 at Keeneland) on the synthetic, too. It’s one or the other, we can keep everything open.”
BLAKE HEAP (saddled for trainer Wesley Ward), EMOTIONAL KITTEN, Second: “She ran great. I just got off the phone with Wesley and he said he’s had so many seconds in Grade I races, but has never won one. He said, ‘What are you going to do?’ She’ll ship down to Del Mar with me and then we’ll figure out where she’ll go next.”
NEIL DRYSDALE, TOPIC, Third: “That was very encouraging. She looks like she has a nice future. The thing is, she’s a distance filly and there aren’t that many opportunities. We took a punt because a placing in a Grade I makes a huge difference.’’
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