Notes & Quotes From the G2 Pocahontas Stakes: Lazy Daisy

(Lazy Daisy wins the G2 Pocahontas Stakes to earn auto bid to Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

From the Churchill Downs Media Team:

Southern California invader Lazy Daisy and 43-1 longshot His Glory took turns sharing the lead throughout Saturday’s 51st running of the $200,000 Pocahontas (Grade II) at Churchill Downs but it was Lazy Daisy who emerged as 1 ¼-length winner when the 1 1/16-mile race for 2-year-old fillies reached its conclusion. Portrait, the 6-5 favorite, finished another 3 ½ lengths back in third.

Ridden by Abel Cedillo and trained by Doug O’Neill, Lazy Daisy ran 1 1/16 miles on a fast track in 1:44.89 to prevail over seven rivals for owners ERJ Racing (Erik Johnson), Great Friends Stable LLC (Scott Kaplan) and Tom Mansor.

Jockey Abel Cedillo — Lazy Daisy (1st):

“When I turned in the stretch, I put my filly close (to the inside horse), and she got a little intimidated,” Cedillo said. “And that’s where my filly kept going, and going. I got lucky there. Doug (O’Neill) has a lot of good horses, and he knows where to put his horses in a good spot, like a live mount.”

Jockey Shaun Bridgmohan — Portrait (3rd):

“I don’t think she gave me what she’s capable of. At about the eighth pole, where I was getting into her a bit, she ducked in. She’s a young horse (who’s) learning.”

The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

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