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Honey Ryder takes her walk down Victory Lane
Honey Ryder takes her walk down Victory Lane after winning the Flower Bowl Invitational
© Terence Dulay
Winning jockey John Velazquez said, "It was not easy for her to do what she did. She got squeezed between horses and kept running. While the other horses had a clean trip coming to the quarter-pole, I had to squeeze my way out. I tried to do what was best for the horse by saving ground and waiting for our time. Luckily it worked out well, she put up a good fight." Trainer Todd Pletcher added, "It was my fault that she didn't run better in her last race. I told Johnny not to get too far out of it because it was a paceless race on paper. He was where I told him I wanted her to be, which diminished her late kick a little. We were focused on getting her covered up today, regardless of what the pace was. She basically has one, small blemish on her record and, like I said, that was my fault. She's been awfully good all year."