RAFAEL BEJARANO, LADY TEN, WINNER: “This filly is very nice to ride, and easy to ride, too. She likes to be close to the lead so I was a little worried in the beginning. She broke good from the gate but I knew there would be a lot of speed so I tried to make sure to give her help from the gate so she could find a position in the race.
“When I got my position at the first turn I just tried to hold her a little bit then let her run when we hit the top of the stretch. She was easy to ride and I think you can do anything you want with this filly. I was waiting for Garrett’s (Gomez) horse late because I knew his filly would be the only one running at the end. When I came to the top of the stretch I let my filly go and tried to get the jump, but at the same time, I tried to save a little bit for the end. It ended up perfect for my filly.”
BRICE BLANC, CHARM THE MAKER, THIRD: “She broke a step slow and I was a little farther back than I was hoping for, but she relaxed nice and I had a really good trip all the way through. Everything opened up at the top of the lane and she came running for me. It was a very good effort.”
JIM BARNES, ASSISTANT TO BOB BAFFERT, LADY TEN, WINNER: “I talked to Raffy (Bejarano). We don’t give too many instructions, but Bob wasn’t here and we kind of looked at the Form. There wasn’t a lot of speed in the race and she wants to be placed forwardly. I told Raffy to get her up there in a comfortable spot and give her a chance to win, and he did.”
NOTES: The winning owners are Ernest and Maria Mercedes Vila of Las Vegas, who race as Mercedes Stable, LLC.