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G1 BELMONT OAKS QUOTES

Edited NYRA Staff Release — Charlie Appleby, winning trainer of Cinderella’s Dream (No. 8, $9.30): “She ran a creditable race in the [1000] Guineas really, on ground that probably might not have suited her either. Her training has gone well and she’s been based in Saratoga. She came in yesterday and the team were very happy with her preparation going into it. The plan was always to drop in and ride the race that we rode and off the turn, all we just needed was the splits. Once she leveled off there and accelerated, we were pretty confident.

“Originally, we had spoken about following the favorite [No. 7, She Feels Pretty] around there and the favorite was drawn outside in [post] seven and had a nice pitch all the way around – box seat there on the wing, and I thought, ‘I wouldn’t mind just being sat behind that now.’ We knew we had plenty of horse underneath us turning, and frankly the splits came and she’s a class filly and picked it up.”

On if she got a better setup today than in the Group 1 1000 Guineas: “Most definitely. She’s a filly that stepping up, this trip was always going to suit her as well on pedigree. We were always confident that she was the right filly coming into the race. She’s learned plenty and had a good experience. It was her first start in America and she can only progress. She’s been enjoying Saratoga. If you don’t enjoy yourself at Saratoga, we’re struggling [laughs]. Thankfully, the results are showing.”

On a potential next start in the Grade 2, $400,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Oaks Invitational on August 2 at Saratoga Race Course: “She’ll go back to Saratoga and head to the Saratoga Oaks. Both horses [Legend of Time] will go to the [Saratoga] Derby and Oaks.”

Michael Banahan, USA Director of Bloodstock for Godolphin, winning owner of Cinderella’s Dream (No. 8): “She ran really well and settled nicely for William [Buick] and then showed a nice turn of foot. I’m sure there’s other races down the road for her.

“Charlie [Appleby] really brought together a nice string to bring over here [to America], starting out at Keeneland and Churchill, and now up in Saratoga. He sort of cherry-picked horses he thought would do well to this style of racing in America, and that’s the ninth graded stakes he’s won since the spring here. They’re having a great time and enjoying it, and we’re looking forward to Saratoga as well.”

William Buick, winning jockey aboard Cinderella’s Dream (No. 8): “It was the plan to get her to relax early and to come with a run, but I probably ended up farther back than I really wanted to. She was posted a little wide in eight, and I just didn’t want to cover ground, but look, she picked up really well. From the quarter-pole, I always felt I was going to get there. She showed when she ran in Dubai in the winter that she has a real good kick, but I was a little bit impressed with her there because I thought the Juddmonte filly [No. 6 Segesta] who made the run, she got it her own way in front, she wasn’t going very fast and Johnny [Velazquez, aboard No. 7 She Feels Pretty] sat in the best position in the race. So my filly had to pick up well to pick those two fillies off.”

Irad Ortiz, Jr., jockey of runner-up Segesta (No. 6): “The pace was honest. I don’t feel like we went too slow. There was not too much speed in the race. My filly was [the speed]. The pace she ran at Keeneland [on April 21] was 47 [seconds] and she was right on top of them. So I felt like she was the speed of the race. That was the plan, Chad [Brown] told me. She broke good and I let her do her thing. I was close.”

John Velazquez, jockey of third-place and beaten favorite She Feels Pretty (No. 7): “Tough beat. I really think she’s better off covered up, but we just didn’t have any cover for her today and then she kind of hung. She still ran a good race, though.

“It was either I let them go way too slow and they steal it from us or we put a bit of pressure – it’s either or. At the three-eighths pole, I had to put a little bit of pressure on and she ran good.”

Winning margin: three-quarter-lengths

Final time (1 3/16 miles, outer turf): 1:53.42 [course record]

Fractions: 23.79, 48.96, 1:13.25, 1:36.33

Order of finish: 8-6-7-1-5-4-2-9-3

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