Notes & Quotes From the Las Cienegas Stakes: Belvoir Bay

(Belvoir Bay skips home in front in the Las Cienegas Stakes at Santa Anita / Photo Courtesy of Santa Anita)

From the Santa Anita Media Team:

JOCKEY QUOTES

FLAVIEN PRAT, BELVOIR BAY, WINNER:  “We had a good trip and I was very confident the whole way.  She made a good move around the turn and she did it pretty easily.”

TRAINER QUOTES

PETER MILLER, BELVOIR BAY, WINNER: “She’s just unbelievable. She can do anything, any distance up to a mile, any surface. She’s the kind.

“I think this may have opened some doors to us in the future, to possibly run on the dirt. I’ll talk to Mr. Barber and do what we want to do but we know she can sprint on the grass obviously, she won the Torrey Pines, and now she won going six and-a-half in the slop so she makes me look good.

“I was a little concerned when Smith (Mike, aboard eventual runner-up Lady Suebee) came up outside my other horse (Painting Corners) like he did heading up the backside…but Belvoir Bay had everybody in her sights, so it was no problem.

“I thought we’d be sitting second or third all the way but it looked like Flavien had an idea to go up there and go head and head with my other filly. I’m glad he didn’t but it worked out.”

GARY BARBER, OWNER BELVOIR BAY, WINNER:  “She can run on anything, we knew that, because she won a Grade III at Del Mar.  I really wasn’t concerned about the switch to dirt, but I was a little worried about the off track.  She’s been training well on the dirt and she ran well on it.”

NOTES: The winning owner is Gary Barber.

As long as he’s happy and healthy that’s where we’ll go and then we’ll talk about it from there,” Casse said. “I think (Fair Grounds) is a wonderful place to get a horse ready for the classics. We have right now four or five Derby horses and our two major Derby horses are here right now. I think a lot of that. I have David Carroll who I have utmost respect for so that’s important for me. Last year we almost won the Kentucky Oaks with Wonder Gadot and she stabled here. It’s a great place, it’s nice and the weather isn’t bad. Horses stay happy and safe here for the most part.”

Mark Casse, Trainer of War of Will

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