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Edited NYRA Staff Release — Ignacio Correas, IV, winning trainer of Didia (No. 3, $20.60): “She was like a monster. It’s a great feeling. I targeted this race for months and months. It was really hard for me to lose this race last year [second]. I never expected to lose it last year. I was disappointed. Probably the secret today was that Chad [Brown] only had two in there, usually he has four [said jokingly].

“She’s an awesome filly. When she was opening up through the stretch I was screaming my lungs out. There is no doubt she’s the best filly I ever trained. I had Blue Prize [Breeders’ Cup winner] and Dona Bruja.

“I was so happy when the rain held. When It didn’t rain yesterday, I thought ‘OK’. Then when it started raining today, I looked at the weather and said we’re going to be okay.

“I came here 24 years ago [assistant to Billy Badgett] and I never thought I would win a Breeders’ Cup or the New York Stakes. I’m so happy.”

John Stewart of Resolute Racing, winning co-owner of Didia (No. 3): This is real exciting. I’ve loved Didia since I saw her back in the fall. I tried to buy her before the Pegasus. We weren’t successful but kept trying and trying. We were able to cut a deal with the owners and bought in in April. We cut in 50 percent. She represents everything that we’re after, which is on the track fillies and mares that will go into our world class breeding stable. We get her at the end of her campaign and we’re pretty excited about that.”

Jose Ortiz, winning jockey aboard Didia (No. 3): “Beautiful [trip]. Broke good, put me into a great position, just how we planned it and I just tried to go out there and execute the plan. Everything worked out perfectly. Once in a lifetime trip right there.

“I covered up. She relaxed well in the pocket. Whenever I wanted to go out, she was ready for it.

“I think she leveled up her performance today. The trainer, Ignacio [Correas, IV], does an amazing job with this horse and all his horses. He had this filly doing unbelievable for a long time, which is remarkable.”

About her closing kick: “It was just what you want to feel when you are sitting chilly behind the speed. I mean an amazing kick. That is what you need to win these kinds of races, a horse that gives you that kind of kick.”

About his confidence entering the race: “I’ve been working her. I knew she was 110 percent [ready] and Nacho [trainer Ignacio Correas, IV], the good thing about him is he doesn’t run his horses if they aren’t 110 percent. This horse he made sure she was 110 percent, and every time she steps on the track, she gives you everything she has.”

About his back-to-back wins in the Grade 1 New York, when piloting Marketsegmentation last year, a race Didia was second: “I mean I won that race last year, but she was very deserving. A nice filly, hopefully she goes and keeps getting better, or stays at this level because she is very nice.”

Butch Reid, Jr., trainer of runner-up Neecie Marie (No. 7): “She finished strong, full of run. I can’t complain about that. Being Grade 1-placed certainly doesn’t hurt. It’s her second start back off a layoff after she ran so great the first time. I think her next start will even be better.”

Joel Rosario, jockey of runner-up Neecie Marie (No. 7): “Very big run. I’m very happy with her. I tried to get a good position and she was able to just sit where I wanted and really kicked well. She ran good.”

Junior Alvarado, jockey of third-place War Like Goddess (No. 10): “I think we didn’t have an ideal trip. It was a lot of horses and some horses getting shut off. I ended up behind those horses and they shuffled me back right in front of my face. I didn’t have a smooth trip out there. Then turning for home, I couldn’t really let her loose. I had nowhere to go until probably the eighth-pole, but it was just too late. If the race were a mile and a half, even with a bad trip, it would have been a different story, for sure.”

William Buick, jockey of 12th-place beaten favorite English Rose (No. 2): “She was a bit restless in the gate and jumped a step slow. I didn’t get to where I wanted to be, but I tried to get closer down the back because they weren’t going that quickly. She didn’t run her race.”

Winning margin: 1 1/2-lengths

Final time (1 3/16-mile, Mellon turf): 1:52.29

Fractions: 23.18, 47.74, 1:11.92, 1:35.27

Order of finish: 3-7-10-13-1-6-4-5-9-12-11-2-8

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