MARTIN GARCIA, ALWAYS A PRINCESS, WINNER: “I wasn’t surprised (that I was given the lead). You can see in the Form that she was the only speed in the race. If you don’t give her any instructions to go fast, then she can relax, and that’s exactly what happened. I just let her break by herself and tried to get along with her. When I asked her, she just took off. “I feel really comfortable and I got to keep going. I feel more than 100 percent. Bob (Baffert) told me it’s going to take a little while to start rolling again and get my confidence back. Now I won another big race for him, so that’s great.”

RAFAEL BEJARANO, BLIND LUCK, SECOND: “I got a good trip. She broke really good. She ran good. No excuse. Just the (number) three was a better horse than mine this time.”


BOB BAFFERT, ALWAYS A PRINCESS, WINNER: “Martin (Garcia) did a good job. This filly is quicker than all these horses, and if she gets the right pace, she’ll just keep going. Now that Zenyatta’s gone, everybody can stay home . . . We’ll look at the Santa Margarita (Stakes, Grade I, 1 1/8 miles, $300,000 on March 12). Martin works hard. He deserves the win. “I wasn’t sure about (her getting) the mile and an eighth, and I thought the two (Harmonious) might want to pressure her a little bit more, but he just sat off of us and Martin slowed them down. By slowing it down, it takes a lot of those horses out of their game. We have a nice horse, but we have a faster horse and she can sprint away from them. It took Blind Luck completely out of her game.”

JERRY HOLLENDORFER, BLIND LUCK, SECOND: “I don’t have any comments right now.”

NOTES: The victory was the first for Baffert since Jan. 28, when Temp won the first race, a skein of 25 straight losses. The winning owner is Arnold Zetcher of Los Angeles.