TYLER BAZE, TAP IT LIGHT, WINNER: “The only instructions Mike gave me were, ‘Don’t fight him.’ He broke a length behind everybody and I just let him pick it up (pace) as he wanted to. He doesn’t really have a big turn of foot, so when we were going to the three-eighths pole, I just went for it. I didn’t want to wait for someone to come up to me and then have to try and quicken because that’s not his game.”


MIKE MITCHELL, TAP IT LIGHT, WINNER: ‘’I didn’t know who the speed would be. I told Tyler, you might even be on the lead in this race. I didn’t want him out there, so this was perfect. It’s hard to tell how fast or slow they’re going at a mile and a half, even looking at slow fractions. You just don’t know . . . You don’t really want a lead on this track.’’
Asked why he claimed him: ‘’I liked his looks, but I didn’t know that he could go this far, but the more I worked with him, the more I thought he would run long . . . If he comes out of this race good, we could run in the San Juan (Capistrano at about 1 ¾ miles on turf on closing day, April 18). We’ll talk about it with the owners.’’

NOTES: The winning owners are Scott Anastasi of Hermosa Beach, Dan Capen of Manhattan Beach and James Ukegawa of Carlsbad.