MARTIN PEDROZA, INDIAN WINTER, WINNER: “I just wanted to be close to the pace. Most horses here don’t seem to be coming from so far out of it, so I just wanted to be within striking distance. The number 3 horse (Sinai) was the speed, and I was comfortable being three, four, or five lengths off the pace. It was a matter of if my horse got tired chasing him, or he slowed down at the end. At the end my horse got a little tired, but he wanted to get the job done.”


DAN WARD, ASSISTANT TO JERRY HOLLENDORFER, INDIAN WINTER, WINNER: “Before we ran him, we were really high on him. We thought he was going to be a very good horse, and he proved it first time out (beating Jaycito at Del Mar Aug. 21). He did everything professionally from the inside. He beat Jaycito (who later won the Grade I Norfolk Stakes on Oct. 2), but he (jockey Rafael Bejarano) didn’t even get the stick out. He was just galloping. We were deciding whether to run back in the (Grade I Del Mar) Futurity (Sept. 8) because it was quick, it was only 18 days . . . We ran him back kind of quick and he had trouble on the backside and it was kind of disappointing. But then we gave him time and it paid off today. I hope he can go a little longer (than 6 ½ furlongs).”

NOTES: The winning owners are Peter Abruzzo of Long Grove, IL; John Carver of Rapid City, Iowa and Jerry Hollendorfer of Richmond, CA.