Keeneland Press Release

Florent Geroux (winning rider of Monomoy Girl)

Florent Geroux (winning rider of Monomoy Girl)

“There wasn’t really a plan (regarding going for the lead), just wanted to get a good position and let the filly be comfortable. I hustled her a little bit from post one. We had the rail and we had the right of going. We just took it to them and she was the best. She can go very fast.”

 

Corey Lanerie (rider of runner-up Eskimo Kisses)

Corey Lanerie (rider of runner-up Eskimo Kisses)

“She doesn’t always show a lot of speed in her races so she was sitting back there biding her time. When it was time to go, I called on her and she gave me everything she had. The other filly is just super nice. But my filly ran good and galloped out good.”

On how her performance sets her up for the Kentucky Oaks

“I think more ground would be a whole lot better for her. That and maybe a little more pace up front in the race. We’ll see what happens.”

 

Brian Hernandez Jr. (rider of third-place finisher Patrona Margarita)

“We followed the winner the whole way around and (Patrona Margarita) responded well and she ran on nicely. With the favorite (Monomoy Girl) being on the inside, I thought someone might go with her and press the pace more, but the winner was the best filly today.”

 

Julien Leparoux (rider of fourth-place finisher Andina Del Sur)

“We were in a good spot. She ran a good race for her first time on the dirt. She probably likes the turf a little bit better, but she tried. She ran a good race.”