(Bonnie South pulls out the win late in the G3 Doubledogdare Stakes at Keeneland / Coady Photography)

From the Keeneland Media Team:

Florent Geroux (winning rider of Bonnie South)

On the difference today compared to her strong efforts in the past

“Just her breaking good and putting me in the race a little bit closer than she has been. Today there wasn’t much pace. The idea with her was to see how she broke and I couldn’t really rush her but at the same token I couldn’t be too far back and try to make a late run. She had a nice trip. When I asked her turning for home, she gave me a nice kick. She was very brave at the end to hold off (runner-up) Royal Flag. She was fighting at the end.”

Brad Cox (winning trainer)

“I felt like physically she’d moved forward from (age) 3 to 4. She’s certainly been working that way in the mornings. She had a big work last weekend at Churchill and was kinda touting herself. Florent did a good job realizing there wasn’t a lot of pace. She had a little bit of a wide trip and dug in late. I was very proud of her.”

On what he sees for the remainder of her 2021 campaign

“Hopefully (it’s) one full of Grade 1s – that would be the goal. The (Juddmonte) Spinster (G1 during the Keeneland Fall Meet) would be a race that definitely would be on the radar, having the Juddmonte connections. Hopefully we can get her there and off to the Breeders’ Cup.”

Todd Pletcher (trainer of third-place finisher Graceful Princess)

“She ran dynamite off the layoff. She got the trip we were hoping for. She really fought hard and we are very pleased with her effort. (Jockey Luis Saez) said it was a battle and our filly dug down deep but just could not quite get there. The fractions were what we were hoping for. She made the lead the right way. She relaxed nicely.”