RAFAEL BEJARANO, BOURBON BAY, WINNER: “I was pretty comfortable the whole way, and I was in a great position. When I saw number 5 (Marlang) get sent a little bit I decided to follow him. I knew the number 5 (Marlang) was a very tough horse, that’s why I had to keep my horse close to him and make one big run in the last furlong. When I saw the favorite (Champ Pegasus) was let go from the three-eighth’s I thought that he (Joel Rosario) didn’t have as much horse as I had. As soon as I got the opportunity, I tried to get the first jump in the stretch and just let my horse go. My horse ran a really good race.”


NEIL DRYSDALE, BOURBON BAY, WINNER: “After the mile and a quarter race (Clement Hirsch, Oct. 3), he became sick. We don’t know why or what made him ill, but it took him quite a long time to recover (this was Bourbon Bay’s first race since last Oct. 3). So that’s where he’s been.”

RICHARD MANDELLA, CHAMP PEGASUS, 8-5 FAVORITE, SECOND: “He just ran out of training at the eighth pole.”

NOTES: Bourbon Bay is five for five on Santa Anita’s turf course. This is Drysdale’s fourth San Marcos win. Previous winners are One Off (2007), Irish Prize (2002) and Prize Giving (1998). The winning owners are David and Jill Heerensperger of Bellevue, WA.