Santa Anita News
NORFOLK STAKES QUOTES
JOEL ROSARIO, CREATIVE CAUSE, WINNER: “The race set up good and he did everything easy. He showed me that he was the best horse in the race. This was his first time going long. The horse on the front had an easy lead and I was just tracking him. When I asked him to go, he just took off. I don’t know how good he is, but he ran his best race today.”
MIKE HARRINGTON, CREATIVE CAUSE, WINNER: “Yes, we will take him to the Breeders’ Cup (Juvenile at Churchill Downs on Nov. 5) off of this race. That’s the reason we ran him. It’s a ‘Win and You’re In’ race.”
Asked about finishing a troubled third to Drill in the Del Mar Futurity: “If he hadn’t have been knocked around there he’d have won then, too. I’m planning on the Breeders’ Cup. Where I train him, I don’t know.”
Asked is this was his best prospect: “He won a Grade II, he ran second in a Grade I, he won a Grade I. Yeah, he’s the best horse I’ve ever had.
“He raced in a perfect position, when Joel asked him, he ran by them and drew off by many, so I’d have to think he’s the best horse on the West Coast, the best 2-year-old.”
Any pre-race instructions to Rosario? “I said `good luck.`”
BOB BAFFERT, DRILL, SECOND: “The horse that won, he’s a really good horse. We just gave him the race. When you’re going long for the first time, I think he (Martin Garcia) just rode him with too much confidence and had him back there . . . he rode him like it was a synthetic race. But the winner’s a good horse, so we just have to improve off that, and he’ll get something out of that race.
“He took a lot of dirt. I learned a lot from this horse today. I see some things that I’m going to make some adjustments on. That’s what these preps are for – he’s already in, but we’ve got to make adjustments.”
NOTES: The winning owner is Heinz Steinman of Wrightwood, CA.