VICTOR ESPINOZA, STELLAR WIND, WINNER: â€œI thought it was good to be three-wide. I thought it was going to help me get the speed in front of me. It didnâ€™t look like much but those two went and I was able to move out a little at the half-mile pole.
â€œI knew they were going to slow down on the front so I didnâ€™t want to be stuck in behind horses. Sometimes itâ€™s better to go a little wide and then theyâ€™re running free.
â€œToday, I rode her a little bit more because I think she needs a good race before going into the Kentucky Oaks. Her last race was too easy for her. I wanted a harder race for her today. I think sheâ€™s a Kentucky Oaks filly.
â€œI have confidence because she can do anything. Thatâ€™s what I like about her. I can put her inside, I can swing her to the outside, I can go wide and itâ€™s still OK. Sheâ€™s such a big filly, with such a long stride that itâ€™s easy for her.â€
MARTIN GARCIA, LUMINANCE, SECOND: â€œMy horse was pretty fresh, and she broke really sharp. She was in a good position, and she made a move, but the winner just ran by me. She was very impressive. She ran well. Sheâ€™ll be ready for next time. I didnâ€™t think the pace was that fast.â€
JOHN SADLER, STELLAR WIND, WINNER: â€œShe really wants more distance. This horse has a tremendous amount of stamina. It worked well last time (Santa Ysabel). She broke a little slow (in that race) and settled off kind of a slow pace, and so today, I said, â€˜I wouldnâ€™t change anything. Do what youâ€™ve been doing.â€™
â€œThe plan is to go the Kentucky Oaks (May 1). Thatâ€™s the idea. Itâ€™s a month away so the spacing is right. Hopefully, weâ€™ll be there the day before the (Kentucky) Derby.â€
KOSTA HRONIS, STELLAR WIND, WINNER: â€œIâ€™ve been coming to this track my whole life to win that race. Weâ€™ve always attended this track growing up and to come to Derby Day and watch these special races and to be part of it was really amazing. And to win it; once we saw she was going to win the race, I just stood up and I was in awe that we could be part of it.
â€She looked good all the way around. She looked comfortable. I knew if she didnâ€™t get caught in traffic and she was sitting out it would be great. If you keep the best horse out of trouble, thatâ€™s a good sign and Victor kept her out of trouble. I thought we maybe moved a little bit too early, but sheâ€™s a really talented filly. She wasnâ€™t going to be caught today.â€
NOTES: This was Sadlerâ€™s third straight win today. Asked if it was a first: â€œIâ€™ve won four in one day before, but I donâ€™t know if I ever won three in a row.â€
Winning owners Kosta and Peter Hronis are from Delano, CA.
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