RAFAEL BEJARANO, ALWAYS A PRINCESS, WINNER: “I tried to be on the lead. I sent my horse really hard in the beginning. When I saw the No. 1 (Joe Talamo on Champagne d’Oro) rush his horse, I decided to put my horse right next to him. I didn’t want to stay behind him, but next to him, because my horse has a stronger kick. When I saw the No. 1 getting tired, I decided to give my horse a little breather before coming to the stretch. After that, I just let her run and she showed me a big kick. Last time I stayed too far back with her. It was only seven furlongs, and I know this horse is better with more distance.”


JIM BARNES, ASSISTANT TO BOB BAFFERT, ALWAYS A PRINCESS, WINNER: Told the track is pretty kind to speed right now: “Yeah, we have good horses, though. It makes a difference. We just didn’t want to go that fast, but you know, what are you going to do? Once we throw the jock up, it’s all up to them. I had to just let him (Rafael Bejarano) make the right decision. They went fast, but we kept going.”

JERRY HOLLENDORFER, BLIND LUCK, 7-10 FAVORITE, SECOND: “If she got beat it’s because of my training.”

NOTES: Winning owner Arnold Zetcher is from Los Angeles.