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Edited NYRA Staff Release — The addition of blinkers “made a big difference,” David Duggan, winning trainer of Kant Hurry Love (No. 2, $11.20), explains:

“It was a very unique performance. We were very nervous about how the blinkers would affect her off a good run. Obviously, at this stage, we don’t have to worry about that. She got loose on the lead and got very comfortable. It made a big difference.

“Last race, that was a tough race beaten by a very good filly [Hot Fudge]. She showed up against her own [state-bred] company today. We beat [No. 3] Sterling Silver at our game, not her game, at seven-eighths she is a better filly I think.”

About the effectiveness of the blinkers today: “The blinkers were very small, that it is not going to make a major difference to her. It just gave her a little bit of focus. Sometimes these older fillies just need a little something to change their mind.”

About a potential start in the six-furlong, $125,000 Union Avenue Handicap (NYB) on August 9 at Saratoga Race Course: “That’s it. That’s the plan. Would just train her up to that.”

Trevor McCarthy, winning jockey aboard Kant Hurry Love (No. 2): “We were rolling right along. On paper, Kendrick [Carmouche, aboard No. 6, Majestic Return] and I were the speed and with the blinkers on, I wanted to really hustle her. She broke good. I hustled her out of there and kind of had to earn it a little more than I thought.

“When we turned for home, I let her open it up a little bit and try and put some distance on Javier [Castellano, aboard No. 3, Sterling Silver] and get the jump on them. She had been waiting on horses a little bit and that’s why we put the blinkers on. When she felt Javier inside and she surged again just inside the last 70 yards. It was a great performance by her.”

Joel Rosario, jockey of runner-up Leeloo (No. 4): “It was a good trip. It looked like for a second we were going to get home, but that horse was fast in front and kept moving forward to run a big race. Nothing to take away from my filly, she ran well. That horse was fast in front.”

Javier Castellano, jockey of third-place finisher and beaten favorite Sterling Silver (No. 3): “They went fast but they didn’t come back to me at all. It set up perfect with the speed with those two horses [Kant Hurry Love and Majestic Return] one-two, but the track is fast.”

Winning margin: three-quarter-lengths

Final time (six furlongs – hand timed): 1:10.11

Fractions (hand-timed): 22.28, 44.95, 57.48

Full order of finish: 2-4-3-6-5-1

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