JOEL ROSARIO, CHAMP PEGASUS, WINNER: “The other day (San Marcos Stakes) my horse got a little tired, I don’t know. Maybe a race that went a little further helped a bit. They are both good horses. You saw how the race came out, I only beat him by this much.” Rosario held his thumb and forefinger an inch apart. “I thought I got in front of him a couple of times, but he came back again. I just had a lot of confidence the whole way.”


RICHARD MANDELLA, CHAMP PEGASUS, WINNER: “My horse was trying very hard. I was just hoping I would come out on the right end. I was confident on the softer going, but Bourbon Bay was five for five on the course. My horse definitely needed his last race. I didn’t have him as fit as I thought I did (in the San Marcos), and I had underestimated how good Bourbon Bay was, and he is very good. This was a good race. From here, I’ll probably go to Dubai for the mile and a half race ($5 million Sheema Classic at 1 ½ miles on turf March 26).”

NEIL DRYSDALE, BOURBON BAY, SECOND: “I don’t think he liked the soft turf . . . Off of this race, both horses (the one-two finishers) deserve to go to Dubai.”

NOTES: The winning owners/breeders are Gerald Ford of Dallas, who races as Diamond A Racing Corp., and Arturo Vargas of Buenos Aires.