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.

I had everything my way. I was out there galloping and he was nice and happy – he had his ears straight up. I figured once I got into him he would really explode, but he just stayed steady.”

Drayden Van Dyke , Rider of beaten favorite War of Will, who finished fourth

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