JOE TALAMO, FLUKE, WINNER: “We had a perfect trip. I thought we’d be laying second, but it worked out better this way. This horse is better with a target. Sometimes when he gets to the lead too early he throws his ears up and loses focus. He was just perfect today.”

PATRICK VALENZUELA, PROUDINSKY, SECOND: “He ran a great race. I didn’t want to be on the lead, but that’s where I ended up. He was a little fresh today. He kicked when I asked him, but he just couldn’t outrun his stable mate. I hope next time I beat him.”


HUMBERTO ASCANIO, FLUKE, WINNER, AND PROUDINSKY, SECOND: “Both horses have been running good, but not good enough to win. I didn’t think Proudinsky would be in front, but he was, and he ran good. I liked both of them. I thought either one could win. It’s been a rough go, but it’s over, so we’ll look forward to more wins.”

NOTES: The win ended a 46-race losing streak for Ascanio. Winning owner Patricia Bozano is from Greenwich, Conn.