MARTIN GARCIA, MISREMEMBERED, WINNER: “I feel amazing, man! This is the first time I rode in the Big ‘Cap and I had the opportunity to make it to the winner’s circle. I’ve been working the horse, and Bob (Baffert) told me to give him a clear break and just not fight him. He wanted me to make one run, and that’s what I did. When my horse got to the lead I knew I still had a lot of horse. When the other horses started to come on, he never pulled up. My horse was able to keep going when the other horse (Neko Bay) was closing.”

MIKE SMITH NEKO BAY, SECOND: “He gave it a great run. I had to wait just a little. I got to the other horse (Misremembered), but he dug in. If you give me a few more jumps, I get him. But the winner dug in tough. I have to take my hat off to him.”

VICTOR ESPINOZA, DAKOTA PHONE, THIRD: “He ran good. He got tired a little bit, but he really ran great.”

JOEL ROSARIO, ST TRINIANS, SIXTH: “She had a tough time, but I give her credit. The other horses were coming in on her. She was never comfortable in there. She was between horses much of the time and we got too far back. She moved a little bit after that, but it was just too much to make up.”

GARRETT GOMEZ, LOUP BRETON, 11TH: “The filly (St Trinians) kept bumping me around the first turn. We made a little run going into the far turn and I was done. He was wanting to get out. It might have been an indication that he didn’t like the surface or whatever it might have been. Anyway, I was in trouble from the three-quarter pole. I could feel that he wasn’t traveling the way he normally travels. By the time we started to make a run, he was like Jell-O under me.”


BOB BAFFERT, MISREMEMBERED, WINNER: “(Retired jockey) Joe (Steiner) has been working the horse. I’ve got a great staff. When I was gone to the Olympics, they worked him here, and Martin (Garcia) has been part of the camp. He’s had a lot to do with it. He worked him for me the other day. Victor’s (Espinoza, who had ridden Misremembered in his last nine races) done a great job. I’ve been winning with this kid . . . Our numbers are really huge (14 for 51, 27.4 percent). He just got him out there, and I think we just need to let him run. Last time I was so disappointed (second at 7-10 in the Strub), and I told Victor, ‘You just got to let him roll. He’s got one speed. He’s a long-striding horse.’ So we let him do it. When he was out there, he didn’t chase after that speed horse . . . He really dug in and a mile and a quarter was not a problem for him.”

JOHN SHIRREFFS, NEKO BAY, SECOND: “I thought Neko Bay ran super. His first time at a mile and a quarter, he ran a great race. I was hoping to get up but it just didn’t quite get there.”


NOTES: The winning owners are Natalie Baffert (Bob’s wife) of Arcadia, and George Jacobs of La Caňada.