JOE TALAMO, KILLER GRACES, Winner: “We had an absolutely perfect trip. I followed (Charm the Maker) the whole way and just kind of did whatever (Garrett Gomez, Charm the Maker’s rider) did. She really likes this track. Her only bad races were at Del Mar. She’s just getting better and better and you can do anything with her. Last time she was in front and really ran a winning race. Today she sat back and I really thought on the turn I was going to win, but I knew Weemissfrankie would be coming. I’m glad she didn’t. She’s a really nice filly and I can’t wait until she’s three.”
GARRETT GOMEZ, CHARM THE MAKER, Second: “She placed herself well, not going too fast. I thought I would just let her do her own thing and not take too much away from her. I actually think she ran a better race than she did when she won (the Sharp Cat Stakes Nov. 13). What beat her today is when we turned for home, (Killer Graces) had a better turn of foot. I couldn’t quicken with her off the turn, but she stayed on well and kept to her task.”
RAFAEL BEJARANO, WEEMISSFRANKIE, Fourth: “She was standing so good in the gate, but for some reason she broke really, really bad. I was surprised because she never did that before. All I could do from there was to try to stay on the rail. She tried to get out really bad on the first turn. It was just too much for her to do. She finished up really well.”
JERRY HOLLENDORFER, KILLER GRACES, Winner: “I think she kind of likes Hollywood Park. She’s done very well here. Now we have to get her to carry it over to another track. She was down on the inside last time (when second in the Sharp Cat) and I don’t think that helped her very much. She was in the clear today and I think that might have helped us a little. We had some frustrating times with her at Del Mar. Truthfully, I don’t have anything in mind for her, we were kind of shooting for this race. I haven’t really thought about anything else yet. There will be plenty of races to look at.’’
Notes: Killer Graces became only the second filly to win both the Landaluce and the Hollywood Starlet, joining Serena’s Song, who completed the sweep in 1994…Killer Graces has won three of five over Cushion Track and was second in her two defeats.
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