VICTOR ESPINOZA, EVENING JEWEL, WINNER: “She worked very nice in her last work (Jan. 19, six furlongs in 1:12.80). I knew she was going to run big today. I had a tremendous trip. There was plenty of speed in the race and she settled down nice and we saved ground around the first turn. There were quite a few horses in front of me down the backside, but I decided to just stay inside and try to get lucky. Midway around the turn, the horses in front of me got tired and drifted off the rail and I was able to cut the corner there at the quarter pole. She’s got a tremendous turn of foot and she finished great.”


JAMES CASSIDY, EVENING JEWEL, WINNER: “I gave Victor (Espinoza) two jobs to do, and he only got one of them done, he finished second in the other race. Both of these horses are special (The Usual Q.T. and Evening Jewel). People wait a lifetime for one of them, never mind both of them. It’s a real blessing. I had a lot of questions today. We had problems with one of our horses bleeding (The Usual Q.T.), and with her (Evening Jewel) I wasn’t sure she had her head in it. In the training, I did mess with both of them last race, and it was a factor. Personally, I wouldn’t want to cheapen her (Evening Jewel) in any way and keep running her if she’d had enough, but after this performance today, you got to keep running.”

ART SHERMAN, ULTRA BLEND, THIRD: “I think if we don’t have to go that wide, like he (Joel Rosario) was telling me, we win the race. I was happy with the effort . . . you get beat a half length what are you going to do? You got to like the effort. She’s never off the board, she’s there every time she runs.”

NOTES: The winning owner is Marilyn Braly of Indian Wells, CA.