ALONSO QUINONEZ, CHIPS ALL IN, WINNER: “My horse was just galloping around there. I knew the leader (Champions Gate) was going really easy, so I didn’t want him to get the jump on me. I knew Gomez (on Sheer Talent) was right behind me going to the far turn and I didn’t want to let him push me out, so I had to hold my position. When we turned for home, he put himself in the race and when I hit him left-handed, he re-broke. This is a great way to finish up the year.”

JULIEN LEPAROUX, DADDY NOSE BEST, 9-10 FAVORITE, FIFTH: “For some reason he was getting out on the second turn, but he’s done that before and I think it’s just in his head. Sometimes he does that, and sometimes he doesn’t. I had plenty of horse today, but it just did not set up right. He’s a nice horse, so hopefully we get him straightened out and win some good races.”


JEFF MULLINS, CHIPS ALL IN, WINNER: “We always kind of thought he would (take to the grass), and he breezed good on it. He was out of conditions so we didn’t have any other choice. He made us look good.”

Asked what instructions he gave to Alonso Quinonez: “I just told him to get him settled in to a nice easy stride, and as long as he’s going easy and relaxed, just wait as long he could and go for it.”

NOTES: The winning owners are Gene Everest, John O’Brien and Daniel Valdez.