(Bast, after her win in the Santa Ynez Stakes / Photo Courtesy of Santa Anita)
From the Santa Anita Media Team:
DRAYDEN VAN DYKE, BAST, WINNER: “The outside post gives you the option of being able to read the pace. When we got near the quarter pole, the other two were going easy, so I had to get after her. She was shortening up out of a route, but she kicked it in.
“There was a concern, Bob said the horses were running a big race so I really had to get after her but she showed her class today. I’m very lucky to be in the position I’m in right now. I’m blessed, I am grateful.”
BOB BAFFERT, BAST, WINNER: “Bast looked like she was in trouble at the (five sixteenths pole)…I heard Frank (Mirahmadi) say she was coming under pressure and the other ones (Authentic and Golden Principal) were looking good. She came out of the Breeders’ Cup (Juvenile Fillies, third going 1 1/16 miles) well. She’s a picture of health and that’s why we ran her today.
“You hate to run three in a race like that but it’s a graded race and its $200,000. I want to give all my clients a chance at it. I’ve gone sort of easy on her for this race. Those are two really good fillies that she was chasing there, as you can tell by the way they were spread out. They showed up, they ran well so here we are.
“She was doing really well, she looks great and I just hate training them too long they could get hurt in the mornings. As long as they are doing well and you enter them, the more races you get into ’em it is better for them. Especially those other two, there was no race for them, so I think they are going to get a lot out of it. They’ll move way up from this. Bast I can just freshen her up.”
NOTES: The winning owner is Baoma Corp. Baffert also sent out Auberge for place and Golden Principal for show.