(Queen Goddess / Photo Courtesy of Santa Anita)
From the Santa Anita Media Team:
JUAN HERNANDEZ, QUEEN GODDESS, WINNER: “She showed me a lot today. She broke really sharp. She came to run today because out of the gate, I felt that she was trying to run to get the lead and she got comfortable there and (the other horses) let me go. She held on to the lead pretty good. Around the quarter pole when she felt the other filly (stablemate Nicest), I actually felt her too, and in listening to the crowd, I could tell the other filly was coming so we started working really hard and she just kept going, she never stopped. She’s a really nice filly.
“When you watch a lot of people like today, you just feel different, you feel good and I just wanted to win a race today on opening day. I’d like to thank Michael McCarthy and the owners for the opportunity, I really appreciate it.”
FLAVIEN PRAT, GOING GLOBAL, SIXTH: “She didn’t like the dirt.”
MICHAEL MCCARTHY, QUEEN GODDESS, WINNER: “I was extremely disappointed when I heard the race was coming off the turf. All four owners decided to give it a shot on the dirt and I can’t thank them enough. We’ll see what’s next for both these horses (Nicest, also trained by McCarthy ran second).”
NOTES: The winning owner is Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and TOLO Thoroughbreds, Inc