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Edited NYRA Release — Jorge Abreu, winning trainer of Star Devine (No. 10, $17): “I thought she was going to come from a little bit off the pace, but she broke so sharply and Johnny [Velazquez] just took advantage of it. I knew she was going to run well. She was just looking for a little cut back. She’s better going short than going long.

“I was a little concerned around the turn because I thought he was going to take her back and I thought, ‘Don’t do that’, but then she kicked in again. He gave her a good ride.

“In her second race there was a little bit of a speed duel, so she was a little tired towards the end [in the G3 Soaring Softly in May at Belmont]. That was the only bad race she ran. In her third race, she was stretching out and I don’t think she wants to do that. I think she’ll be fine going three-quarters or seven-eighths.”

On a potential next start in the $500,000 Music City on September 12 at Kentucky Downs going 6 ½ furlongs: “We’re going to go to Kentucky Downs. I’ve had some good luck there and I like going there. We’ll see how she comes out of it and that’s where we’ll aim.”

John Velazquez, winning jockey aboard Star Devine (No. 10): “I had not much of a choice [but to go to the outside]. I tried to cover up behind Irad [Ortiz, Jr. aboard Illegal Smile, No. 6] and he didn’t go in there. Jorge said, ‘I don’t care where you are, I just don’t want you on the lead.’ We got a good post from the outside and I saved it for the end. That’s the way it worked out.”

Irad Ortiz, Jr., jockey aboard second-place Illegal Smile (No. 6): “That was so close. It was a good race. My filly ran hard and gave me everything she had.”

Winning margin: head

Final time (5 1/2 furlongs, Mellon turf): 1:02.37

Fractions: 22.13, 45.20, 56.44

Full order of finish: 10-6-8-5-2-9-3-7-1-4

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