Santa Anita News
LAS VIRGENES STAKES QUOTES
RAFAEL BEJARANO, BLIND LUCK, WINNER: “When we came into the stretch I could see the number three (Crisp) stopping and so we had to go outside of her. There wasn’t much speed, so it was hard to come from off the pace. She’s got a big turn of foot though, and as soon as we crossed the wire, I knew we had won it.”
JERRY HOLLENDORFER, BLIND LUCK, WINNER: “In the back of my mind, once I first looked at this race, I was worried about the distance . . . There were just a few horses in the race, and that’s always a concern. I think the speed sets up better when there are more horses. I think she showed herself a pretty good filly today.”
Asked if he thought she had won it: “I’ve watched a lot of photos. The second time I thought we won. The first time I wasn’t sure, but second time, I thought we won, and I’m glad we did. Tentatively we’re planning on the Santa Anita Oaks (next, Grade I, $250,000, 1 1/16 miles on March 6).”
JIM CASSIDY, EVENING JEWEL, SECOND: “That’s as tough as it gets.” Asked if he thought he won it when they hit the wire: “I did, yeah.”
NOTES: The winning owners are Mark DeDominico of Bellevue, WA; John Carver of Rapid City, IA; and Jerry Hollendorfer of Richmond, CA.