EDWIN MALDONADO, BIRDLOVER, WINNER: "Doug (O’Neill) told me to go to the lead and if somebody wants to go out there like a rabbit let them have the lead. Nobody fought me. It was a perfect race."


DOUG O’NEILL, BIRDLOVER, WINNER: “Well, we were hoping to get an easy lead in the seventh race . . . it didn’t happen, but this is a nice filly, and so is the other filly (Wittgenstein, sixth). Both of them are very earnest, and it was a wide-open race. Edwin was able to kind of walk the dog out there through easy fractions, and he had enough to kick on.”

NOTES: The winning owners are Robert Csepio, Steve Keh and Daniel Kramer, et al.