From the Santa Anita Media Team:
RICARDO GONZALEZ, FAIR MAIDEN, WINNER: “Eoin (Harty) said she was doing really really well, to just put her in the race. There were quite a few speeds. ‘Just put her in the race get her clear and get her to the outside.’ We hit the stretch and as soon as we hit the stretch she went on the outside and was just full of run.
ON HIS FIRST GRADE I WIN: “I was just so happy and excited, to just ride these kinds of horses, it feels great. I’m very thankful to Eoin and all the trainers for all the opportunities.
EOIN G. HARTY, FAIR MAIDEN, WINNER: “It’s just the way the things pan out when you get to that number two level. It’s hard to find a race against really competitive company.
“I didn’t want to keep taking her up to Woodbine so I found a spot in Churchhill and that was a big question mark as to whether she would handle it there and she did. She was super professional that day and gave me a lot of confidence in bringing her out here for this.
“I’ve been watching Ricky ride since he came down here, and I think he’s the next superstar. He’s brave and he puts his horse in a spot to win. I grab him in every time I can because I think he’s a world-class rider, and today was his first Grade 1 win.
“I hope I never see another year like (2020), but it is great to wear it on top and I’ve got a very nice filly for (Godolphin) next week in the Blue Northern, hopefully I can knock it out with a double.”
NOTES: The winning owner is Godolphin, LLC.