Keeneland Press Release


Corey Nakatani (winning rider)

Corey Nakatani (Coady Photography)

“She’s a special filly. (Sitting off the pace) wasn’t the plan. She didn’t get away great. I was trying to sit in and be patient with her. I have such high (regard for) her. I told (David Meah) don’t worry about where she is.  I think she can do anything and she proved today she can overcome adversity and put in her run.”

Jose Ortiz (rider of runner-up Kelly’s Humor)

Jose Ortiz

“She relaxed very well down the backside. From the three-eighths pole to the wire, she gave me a very good run. She has a great turn of foot and she just kept coming. One more jump and we might have won. She ran very good today.”

Mike Smith (rider of third-place finisher Uppercut)

“She ran great. She won so easy first time (scoring a 5¾-length victory in a 6½-furlong maiden race in her Feb. 17 career debut at Santa Anita). I don’t think she had enough air in her to go seven-eighths today. She had to run pretty hard from a long way out, which didn’t help and certainly cost us second anyway.”

Tyler Gaffalione (rider of fourth-place finisher Happy Like a Fool)

“The trip worked out perfect. (We) sat right behind the pace. Coming to the quarter pole, I got her outside. She just got a little tired – she’s coming off a long layoff (since her last race in October). But she really finished up nicely. There was a lot of pace, especially the horse coming from New York and the two California shippers. I figured there was going to be a hot pace. Everybody ran really well.”