PAUL ATKINSON, CARACORTADO, WINNER: “I saw La Nez coming and I knew Go-Go (Garrett Gomez) would be coming like that with that little filly, but I know this horse. I’ve been working this horse and I know if he sees a little thread of daylight he’s going to go for it. When it was time to open up a little bit I just turned him loose, and he took it. He really exploded nice, I thought. I worked him the other day while Mike (Machowsky) was out of town. I talked to him a few times on the phone and I told him off of that work I had no doubt in my mind he would go two turns. He just does everything so professionally, for being a baby.”


MIKE MACHOWSKY, CARACORTADO, WINNER: “To be honest, before I ever ran him, I didn’t think he’d be a two-turn horse. I ran him a half-mile at Fairplex (Sept. 24) and I knew he was fast. When I worked him three-quarters, I actually knew he had a shot at going tow turns . . . He’s got a great turn of foot and relaxes real well. Paul (Atkinson) was coming back off an injury and he was breezing horses for me. I told him I had one at Pomona I can ride you on, and he’ll win. That’s how he got the mount.”

NOTES: The winning owners are Don Blahut of Newhall and Mike Machowsky (Lo Hi Racing) of Monrovia. Atkinson’s last stakes win at Santa Anita came in 1994 aboard His Legacy in the California Cup Starter Handicap.