(Spiced Perfection on his way to the winner’s circle after the G1 Madison Stakes)

From the Keeneland Media Team:

Peter Miller (winning trainer of Spiced Perfection)

“To win for these owners with this filly, it means a lot to me, and to win here at Keeneland. (It was a) great ride by Javier and I’m happy for the whole team. She ran great, she deserved it. She’s got a huge heart. She’s not a big filly. She’s not impressive to look at, but she’s impressive to watch run.

“We’re going to leave her here in Kentucky, and give her a couple of easy weeks. Hopefully we can run her in the Humana Distaff (G1) at Churchill Derby weekend.”

Javier Castellano (winning rider of Spiced Perfection)

“It looked easy, but it’s not easy. Had to work hard a bit. When this filly passed the other horse (Amy’s Challenge), she thought ‘OK, I’m done.’ Had to ride her a little hard to keep the rhythm. I liked the way she did it. Very professional. Wonderful filly.”

Alex Canchari (rider of runner-up Amy’s Challenge)

“There is such a big crowd here that she was nervous in the post parade. I tried to get her to relax warming up. I know I could have beaten that horse (Spiced Perfection) if she was a little more relaxed. She ran a hard race and (Spiced Perfection) won a Grade 1 race at Santa Anita. This field is a tough bunch of horses. The winner passed me by about a neck in the stretch and my filly came back and I passed her. But the winner just dug in and got me right on the wire.”

Luis Saez (rider of third-place finisher Late Night Pow Wow)

“My trip was beautiful. I was in the best part: I was right behind the winner. But when we came to the straight, they were rolling and I couldn’t stay with the winner.”

Irad Ortiz Jr. (rider of fifth-place finisher and beaten favorite Shamrock Rose)

“(My trip) was a little wide. I broke from the outside. I didn’t want to take too much out of her because the speed is doing so good today, so I just tried to take her out of her pace and she didn’t like it. She tried hard.”