$125,000 Pin Oak Valley View (G3) (1st division)

Jonathan Sheppard (winning trainer of Angel Terrace)

“It looked like a pretty tough spot, but she is a nice filly. She ran in a restricted stakes at Saratoga and she got beat about a length. (Angel Terrace was fourth in the one-mile Nani Rose on July 29.) She was in front after the wire; she absolutely flew through the stretch. I thought if she settled nicely and if the speed backed up I thought she had a shot to get a piece of it. In fact, I wasn’t really looking for the win. It was great.”

On Angel Terrace’s improvement today in her first start in a graded stakes

“This is about her last chance to run against her own age group. I wanted to give her a shot against her own age group and see where we are with her. Sure enough, she’s right where we want her to be.”

James Graham (winning jockey)

“I had a perfect trip. He (Sheppard) said just don’t get in any big hurry. It was just like the way I rode her at Presque Isle Downs (when she broke her maiden on May 15) and it worked out and it worked out again today.”

On whether he knew he won the race when he crossed the finish seemingly inseparable from Miss Cato (GB)

“I don’t know. I had my head down.”

On winning his fifth race so far this week

“My horses have been running good, second and third, just not quite getting it done. We had a couple jump up this week and showed them we can still ride a little bit around here.”

Gabriel Saez (rider of second-place finisher Miss Cato [GB])

“I waited and waited because there were a lot of horses in front of me but at the head of the stretch, I swung out and just went on with it. She has a great turn of foot and I thought we had it.”

Dan Peitz (trainer of third-place finisher Zapper Belle)

“I didn’t really give (jockey) Corey (Lanerie) any instructions. I just said see how she falls out of there. I know speed’s been pretty good on the turf course and I think he wanted to be up close and keep her out of traffic. She ran her race; that is as good as she is. We got some graded stakes black type so we achieved what we were looking to do with her so we are happy. It would have been nice to win but we are thrilled.”

Corey Lanerie (rider of Zapper Belle)

“She broke real sharp and put me right into the race. She was a little keen the first part then kind of settled right into my hands. She pricked her ears and I thought I had a lot of horse. On the corner turning for home, she kicked on and I didn’t think they could beat her. I just think she got outrun. She gave me her heart and laid it down on the line. She ran a terrific race.”

Shaun Bridgmohan (rider of beaten favorite and fifth-place finisher Colonial Flag)

“I had to give up a couple of spots a couple of times because it was so compact. I had to get out of a couple of spots and I got shuffled back a little bit, which I think cost me a position. But she came running a little bit.”