GARRET GOMEZ, PURE FUN, Winner: “She jumped away well, but I was a little bit concerned because she was not traveling her best around the first turn. About halfway down the backside, she started figuring it out and when I wheeled her out she was really accelerating. She took off and was very impressive.”
MARTIN GARCIA, BLONDE FOG, Second: “She ran a big race. Those were some nice fillies she ran against and I think she’s going to improve a lot next time.”
JOE TALAMO, SCARLET STRIKE, Third: “I had a perfect trip, just got outrun.”
MIKE SMITH, EXECUTIVEPRIVILEGE, Fourth: “Extremely disappointed. I had a beautiful trip, but she got her head way up and did not menace. I just hope everything is OK with her after the race.”
MATT SHIRER (Assistant trainer Ken McPeek), PURE FUN, Winner: “She was a little bit further back than I thought she was going to be. (Gomez) said he asked her to go around the three-eighths pole and she gave him a little. Then by about the quarter pole she really kicked it in. All the sudden she gave a great burst of energy about six or seven wide around all those horses. In Kentucky (a 9 ¼ length win Nov. 24 at Churchill Downs) it was the same kind of thing—around the quarter pole she came flying. She’s probably going to stay here for about a week, then she will fly back to Lexington. She’ll go to the farm for a little bit and most likely be pointed toward the (Grade I Kentucky) Oaks (next May).”
BOB BAFFERT, BLONDE FOG, Second and EXECUTIVEPRIVILEGE, fourth: “She (Executiveprivilege) didn’t punch. The winner ran a good race and my other filly (Blonde Fog) ran a good race. On the turn for home I saw she was struggling a little bit. She felt fine for (Mike Smith), but when she turned for home, she put her head up a bit and just had no zip.”
JERRY HOLLENDORFER, SCARLET STRIKE, Third: “I’m just happy to be Grade I placed again. She ran well.”
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