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first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESMIKE SMITH, HARD NOT TO LOVE, WINNER: “There wasn’t a whole lot of pace other than the filly in the one hole (Road Rager), she and the one next to me (Mother Mother) had some speed. I could have been up there as well but she has been running so well just settling off of it. It was nice to see her show her eagerness to be in the race early. It certainly made my job a whole lot easier.“She got into a really good rhythm once we passed over the gap at about the three quarter pole. She kind of put her head down and got into a really nice rhythm. I knew she was gonna run well at that point. I gotta take my hat off to John Shirreffs and everybody, the groom and the gallop girl that gets on her. She is a lot of work and they have done a lot to get her here and it is paying off.“She gets anxious and the fans are starting to know her. They show her a lot of respect and they get quiet for her. She just gets anxiety because she can’t see everything, but she is such a sweetheart. The best part of it all is once we get her in the gate and get her running.“I told John, that I think she wants two turns I hope I’m right. She is doing so well doing what she is doing and you can’t ask her to do anymore but it’s time to probably go around the second turn.”OWNER QUOTES     JOHN SHIRREFFS, HARD NOT TO LOVE, WINNER: “She’s getting better and better.  She’s getting into those repeat performances.  The stewards allowed us to break from the post parade when she came out of the tunnel.  Her groom, Martin Lopez, walked her around the (Club House) turn and she stayed calm.  She never breaks, but she reacts very quickly.  Mike said he was waiting for her to relax and then he put her into the race.  I love Mike, we go back a long way and we think a lot alike.  He’s such a horseman, for him, it’s all about the horse.  That’s above winning or losing, it’s always about the horse.  It looked like this was her best race.  We’re thinking about going into the Beholder Mile (Grade I, March 14).  I think as long as she can (relax), with her style of running, it shouldn’t be a problem.”     NOTES: The winning owners are Mercedes Stables LLC, West Point Thoroughbreds, Scott Dilworth, Dorothy & David Ingordo, and Steve F. Mooney.last_img read more

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