(Trainer Ian Wilkes conditions GP Oaks winner Champagne Anyone / Photo Courtesy of Keeneland)

From Gulfstream Park Media Team:

Ian Wilkes, trainer of the winner, Champagne Anyone:

“I think the blinkers made her more tractable in the race. She’s a filly who doesn’t like Chris to ask her to be in the race,” Wilkes said. “I had to do something to where she took Chris into the race. I wasn’t worried where she was today. It didn’t mean that I need to be on the lead. It didn’t mean I had to be second. I left it up to Chris to be where I wanted to be. That’s the idea with the blinkers – to get her to travel more and not dislike what Chris was doing on her.”

“[The Kentucky Oaks] has been our whole goal. We made the plan – we went in the Golden Rod last year to get experience and come back and start at seven-eighths, a mile, a mile and a sixteenth,” Wilkes said. “I felt the filly needed racing. She’s a filly that’s still learning. If I ran her once, twice, she wouldn’t be ready for the Oaks, that’s why I felt I had to get more racing, more miles, into her.”

Chris Landeros, rider of the winner:

“They put blinkers on her and we anticipated being a little bit more aggressive with her instead of falling out. I got her into a gear early and she went along beautifully today,” Landeros said. “She’s so naturally gifted. She still doesn’t know when to completely lay it down. But, today’s a big step forward and I think the best is yet to come for her.”