Rusty Arnold (winning trainer of Ice Cream Silence)

“Last year, we thought she was our best filly. She went out to Prairie Meadows (finishing second in the Grade 3 Iowa Oaks on June 30) and got injured and missed the entire fall. We brought her back, nothing went right in Florida. We didn’t get her the right way. She had a disastrous kind of day (finishing seventh in the Grade 2 Inside Information Stakes on March 17 at Gulfstream Park). We brought her in here early and she did everything right. We had decided we were going to run her in here after we ran her in Florida. It was one of those plans that went the right way.”

On whether he told jockey Rosie Napravnik to take the early lead
“I actually gave it to her. I told her I was confused by the race, by the speed. I said, ‘You let her break, and I don’t want to give you instructions.’ Looks like she did a pretty good job.”

Rosie Napravnik (winning rider)

“I knew it was an easy pace. Rusty gave me the liberty to just do whatever felt right and ride the race how it came up. She’s a great filly and just very responsive, did whatever I asked and obviously showed her class. She’s a very talented filly.”

On whether she was confident she would hold off challengers
“I think I had ‘em thinking that I was done a little earlier than we were and they were moving around us pretty early. I knew if we could save some, we would have plenty of punch for down the lane.”

Joel Rosario (rider of second-place finisher Sisterhood)

“She ran really well. The pace was a little bit slow. When we turned for home, she was kind of waiting a little bit to make her move. If you make a move early with her, she kind of looks around a little bit. But the pace was slow, the other horse (winner Ice Cream Silence) held on.”

Gary Stevens (rider of third-place finisher Artemus Kitten)

“They were walking up front and I was right on Joel’s heels (Joel Rosario on Sisterhood) and I had to take back a little (approaching the far turn). It did not cost me because she was not going to beat the top two.”