CHANTAL SUTHERLAND, GAME ON DUDE, WINNER: “Bob (Baffert) wanted this horse in the race early. He’s the boss and it (pressing the pace) agreed with his style. We broke a little sluggish and I wanted to be sure and press Joel (Rosario, aboard Tres Borrachos). Kudos to Bob. His horses are always fit and to run like he did today, he had to be fit. I could hear Trevor Denman through the stretch and I knew it was getting tighter and tighter. I couldn’t see who was coming but Trevor helped push me on.”

DAVID FLORES, AWESOME GEM, SECOND: “He’s an amazing horse. Every time, he just keeps trying. He just keeps pushing and trying – I never give up on him. He’s very honest. He does what he has to do. I’m very pleased with him.
“I love that kind of horse. He’s old (8-years-old), but he’s still got it. I think for the rest of the year, it will be exciting to see what he does the rest of the year. Hopefully he goes to the Breeders’ Cup or finds a race where he can win.”


BOB BAFFERT, GAME ON DUDE, WINNER: “That is his running style (to be on the lead), and when you get away from that, he doesn’t run well. He likes to get it out there and go. I told Chantal to have the lead at all costs, and I thought down the backside I shouldn’t have said at all costs. She rides the horse with a lot of confidence. You just have to let him run because that’s the way he wants to run. I have lot of confidence in Chantal.
“I like a rider that has a lot of confidence in a horse. He’s never been a good gate horse, but she gets him out well and she lets him run. She has a great left hand and she is tough to get by when she has the right horse. Down the backside I thought Coil was just going to pick them all off, but he got a little tired. I’m happy for all the connections. It was sort of an emotional win too because we just lost Terry Lanni, so the family was here and that had a lot to do with it.”

CRAIG DOLLASE, AWESOME GEM, SECOND: “I thought he ran great. A little farther back than I thought he would be but David thought he was comfortable in that spot. He sensed that they were going a little quick early. He just came up a little short, that’s all. The horse is amazing. We’ll see how he comes back out of this. He ran great. His form is good right now. We’ll take this and see how he comes out of it.”
On a possible entry into the Breeders’ Cup: “It’s a possibility because he likes the dirt. I don’t know about the Classic, but maybe something.”

NOTES: The winning owners are Joe Torre of Harrison, N.Y. (Diamond Pride, LLC); Lanni Family Trust of Pasadena; and Ernest Moody of Las Vegas (Mercedes Stable, LLC, et al).