$200,000 Davona Dale (G2) Quotes
Trainer Todd Pletcher (Onlyforyou):
“We’ll see. It looked like she handled a mile and a sixteenth today, so we’ll see how she comes out of it. Having already won here three times now, it’d be hard to think about taking her anywhere else.
“She’s got natural speed and we don’t want to take that away from her. We let her break and see how she got to the first turn. She luckily broke well after misbehaving in the gate a little bit and was able to get to the position we wanted. The five filly (House Rules) ran a big race and put some pressure on her down the backside and she was able to keep finding a little more."
Any anxious moments? – “Only when she misbehaved in the gate. After that, I thought she was pretty much in control. She is usually pretty professional. It’s something we’ve been working on in the morning because every once in a while she’ll get a little excited. Luckily, it wasn’t too bad.
“After she got by the wire she kind of pricked her ears a little bit like there might still be something left.” On Stopchargingmaria – “I didn’t get a chance to talk to (jockey John Velazquez). She got a very wide trip into the first turn from post eight and coming off a layoff, I think that hurt her quite a bit.”
Jockey Javier Castellano (Onlyforyou):
“I had a beautiful trip. That was where I expected to be on the pace. She really blew out of the gate. My only concern was two turns, and she responded today. It was a great effort the way she did it. She set strong fractions at the beginning of the race and she was under pressure the whole race. She handled it so well."
(On winning his fifth race of the day) “I’m very blessed. Everything is going so well. I have a lot of support.