Ever So Clever earns trip to Kentucky Oaks with victory in Fantasy

April 14, 2017 07:47pm
Ever So Clever wins 2017 Fantasy
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Clearview Stable’s Ever So Clever earned a trip to the Kentucky Oaks with her come-from-behind victory in the $400,000 Fantasy Stakes (G3). Following two fifth-place finishes in both the Martha Washington and Honeybee (G3), the Medaglia d’Oro filly rebounded for a 1 ¾ lengths over Chanel’s Legacy. Vexatious was third. Benner Island, the 6-5 favorite, finished fifth.
Ever So Clever earned 100 points toward eligibility in the Kentucky Oaks and is now ranked third with 106 points in the field limited to 14 starts. Chanel’s Legacy is ranked 10th with 51 points after picking up and additional 40 points.
The Fantasy winner completed the 1 1/16 miles in 1:42 3/5. She returned $33.60, $13.40 and $7 at odds of 15-1.

Fantasy Stakes Quotes:
Steve Asmussen (winning trainer, Ever So Clever) — (Watching replay) “Right here, I was ‘Keep coming, mama. Keep coming.’”
“Luis gave her a perfect trip. Nice filly. Nice filly. The filly broke fine from the 12 hole. He made an immediate decision, got over. She was probably only 6-7 off the lead around the first turn, two-wide and carrying him well. I thought it made the difference in the race.”
“I felt very good about how the filly trained and that he had ridden her before. I felt we had a lot more horse going into today.”
(You seemed extremely happy) “The filly has a great personality, and we’ve always felt this way about her. And for her now to win a nice graded stakes is what she deserves.”
(Ky Oaks, we assume?) “She’s going to Churchill Monday and it’s fun to have her there.”
Luis Contreras (winning jockey) — “She felt great today. The last time I got an opportunity to ride her, she finished fifth. I learned a lot and Steve gave me some advice about the filly, how she likes to run. we got everything perfect today. From the time we broke, she did everything by herself. i just waited, got patient and kicked in at the quarter pole, and she gave me everything.”
(Did you feel like you could run the leader down?) “Once I started making my move, I wasn’t worried about anybody in the race. I just went with the momentum and enjoyed the last part of the race.”
(You seemed pretty excited) “Oh, that was great. This is special for me.”
Jockey Alex Birzer (runner-up Chanel’s Legacy) –”Yeah she just ran a big race, had a little more time in between races this go and she just ran a big race. They (did) an excellent job getting her ready for this. Wasn't necessarily planning on going, but you just can't see what happens and nobody else really went. They let me nurse a nice little lead; she ran a big race.”
Trainer Lynn Chleborad (runner-up Chanel’s Legacy) – “She tried so hard. I'm so proud of her. It was a nail bitter right down to the wire. I thought Alex did a great job backing them up. I'm proud of the whole team, the horse. It's exciting.”
Owner Allen Poindexter (runner-up Chanel’s Legacy) (On to Ky Oaks, if she’s OK)
“Oh, second was great. Forty points. I don’t know what to say.”
Jockey Kent Desormeaux aboard 3rd place finisher Vexatious – “She ran a much improved race, but I had to do a lot of altering of course and I was beaten a lip for 2nd.”
Jockey Ricardo Santana Jr. aboard beaten favorite Benner Island – “I won’t make an excuse. We were in a perfect spot in first turn and in second turn we were in a perfect spot and she got a little tired.”
Brad Cox, trainer of beaten favorite Benner Island – “She was in a great position. I don’t know. She didn’t have the answer today. He had her in a perfect spot. I honestly don’t know. Disappointed. It’s a roller-coaster game, and most of the time the roller-coaster is going down.”

Source: Oaklawn Park


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