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.

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.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds

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