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Aviate in the winner's circle
Aviate heads to the winner's circle after the 2011 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile
© Cindy Pierson Dulay
Winning trainer Bill Mott said, "It was a good pace and just enough cut in the ground
where the closers had a chance today. It took her a race to get on track
but it looked like a good effort on her part. I don't think she likes real
soft ground but ground like this didn't seem to be a factor. Right now
we'll probably look at the (Just a Game Stakes at Belmont Park)."
Jockey Kent Desormeaux added, "She had a good clean trip; she
was always on the bridle, very aggressive, in fact. I think her frame
helped her tremendously with winning the race. She has a light frame, so
she was able to skip over the top, whereas the bigger, heavier horses had
to sink a lot deeper. It is still soft, so she enjoyed the soft going. I
don't think she wants to get there as quick as I did in the last race, and
I may have gotten there too soon today."