Santa Anita News
ROBERT B. LEWIS STAKES QUOTES
JOEL ROSARIO, ANTHONY’S CROSS, WINNER: “He broke a little slow. He showed me a little bit of speed in the first turn and I just let him go to find where he wanted to be. I could see the favorite (Tapizar) was giving (Garrett) Gomez some trouble. I saw (Garrett) Gomez try to take his horse back a bit and his horse fought him a little bit. I stayed a little closer to the pace today but it probably didn’t make the difference in the race. He’s a good horse and it was no surprise to see him run that good.”
GARRETT GOMEZ, TAPIZAR: “He was super aggressive today. I couldn’t ever really get him shut off too much. He was kind of wound in post parade, a little antsy at the gate. He was a little more of a handful. He was just antsy. I thought when he cleared and made the lead he would come back to me but he never really would. He just kept pulling.”
EOIN HARTY, ANTHONY’S CROSS, WINNER: “We've toyed with the idea off and on (of adding blinkers) since his first start and I just thought he'd come around and mature mentally on his own and he didn't, so I felt it was time to give him a little help. We worked him with the blinkers twice prior to this race and he showed vast improvement both times. He's just been kind of a big Baby Huey and it's taken him a while to get focused. I was hoping he'd come around on his own. I didn't really want to rush to put the blinkers on him but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.”
On Tapizar fighting Gomez: “I certainly felt a lot better (about Anthony's Cross' chances).”
On his decision to run here instead of the El Camino Real Derby today at Golden Gate Fields:
“When the entries came out we went through both races, we decided to stay here and take a shot on the dirt and if we get beat, we get beat. He was training well, he's super fit and I thought with the addition of blinkers . . . and of course Joel Rosario, it never hurts to have him.”
Will the horse stay here?
“Definitely. There’s no reason to move him. I've got to decide whether to give him one more start before the Santa Anita Derby (April 9) or just sit and wait. It's a long time between now and then so it takes some serious consideration.”
STEVE ASMUSSEN, TAPIZAR, 3-10 FAVORITE. FIFTH: Asked back at his barn after the race about the horse: “He seems to be walking OK right now, but he’s pretty tired.”
NOTES: The winning owner is Arianne de Kwiatkowski of New York, who races as A D K Racing.