Fleet Treat Stakes Quotes
MIKE SMITH (Miss Sunset, winner) – “She was on it all the way. Perfect set-up; perfect spot for her. Went just like it was supposed to – not like yesterday (when Smith was unseated by race favorite Drefong when he ducked for the gap coming out of the sprint chute). And don’t think I wasn’t thinking about that. When we went by that gap I said ‘Oh, oh.’ But we cleared and it was all good.”
NORBERTO ARROYO, JR. (Queen Bee to You, second) – “I was glad to get second. The winner was much the best today, so I’ve got to think the owners were happy to pick up second money.”
TYLER BAZE (Dreamy Gal, third) – “She hadn’t run in a year, so we’ve got to be really happy with her race here. A good one for her. She’ll be ready next time.”
JEFF BONDE (Miss Sunset, winner) – “The owners bought the dam (Tuscan Sunset) in foal to breed later to Smiling Tiger and (Miss Sunset) was the baby that came out. She’s just been a wonderful horse and today was the smoothest I’ve seen her run. Taking the blinkers off at Mike Smith’s suggestion made a big difference.”
FRACTIONS: :22.55 :45.47 1:10.92 1:24.34
The stakes win was the first of the meet for rider Smith, but his third in the race. He now has 62 stakes wins at Del Mar, 11th best all time.
The stakes win was the first of the meet for trainer Bonde and his first in the Fleet Treat. He now has 11 stakes wins at Del Mar.
Miss Sunset is owned by Phil Lebherz of San Mateo, CA and Alan Klein of Burlingame, CA.