Black-Eyed Susan Stakes Quotes

Winning Trainer Jason Servis (Actress): “I always liked this filly. I told them she’s a good filly from Day 1. I’ve got to hand it to the Wests. They were on board the whole time and a lot of owners wouldn’t be. But they’ve been great. They’re good for the business. They deserve it. They love the game. It’s not just the money; they’ve got a passion for it. It’s all good stuff.
 
“I really wasn’t concerned [about an off track]. With her pedigree she should run on anything.
 
“It didn’t make any difference [that Actress was a maiden]. I like my filly.”
           
Winning Jockey Nik Juarez (Actress): “We knew from running out of the six-furlong chute that she was a runner. I found she really liked being behind the dirt. I said, ‘Let’s send her around two turns,’ and Jason said the same thing. We knew she would get a distance. They were running fast up front and I was sitting behind. She ate the dirt up. When she made her move, she really started running and carried it on.”  
 
Trainer Todd Pletcher (Lights of Medina, 2nd; Moana, 5th): “I thought Lights of Medina ran great. It was a tough beat. She just missed a head bob. It was a great effort by her. I thought she perhaps was going to get [Actress}, but she didn’t.
 
Moana seemed a little bit geared up early on. She was probably a little closer to the pace than we envisioned her to be early on. I think she struggled with the racetrack. She had no traffic issues.”
 
Jockey Feargal Lynch (Lights of Medina, 2nd): “I thought I’d be a lot closer. She got outrun early so I left her alone. I got her in the clear and gave her a nice wide trip and a fair shot at it. She’s a grinder. I used up so much to get her there. She gave everything she had.
 
Trainer Mark Casse (Corporate Queen, 3rd): “I forgot we weren’t wearing Gary Barber’s silks. So I’m looking for the other pink, because she wore Bobby Flay’s (orange and yellow) silks. I thought it was great. I’ll have to watch the replay, since I missed her through the race. But the finish was a nice surprise.”
 
Jockey Joel Rosario (Corporate Queen, 3rd): “She broke OK. They were rolling.  They were coming and coming.  She took her time to get into the race and then she makes a nice run. She has a nice run and the track surface didn’t bother her at all.”
 
Trainer Ron Moquett (Torrent, 4th): “I was pleased with the effort of the horse and the rider. I didn’t know how she would take to the slop. It took her a little bit to figure it out. We didn’t even know if she was going to try, and then she did. She made an account of herself. We’ll get them next time.”