MIKE SMITH, COMPARI, WINNER: “He ran dynamite. I’ve ridden this horse before going a mile and a quarter, and he relaxed really well for me that day, so I figured going six and a half, I asked (trainer) Marty (Jones), ‘If I just come out of there and put him where he’s comfortable, will that work?’ And he said, ‘Yeah, he’s a class horse. You just put him where he’s in a good rhythm.’ He was just so relaxed laying third. He was pricking his ears, so I knew he was going to fire. Midway through the turn, I could see the horse that was second getting out just a bit, and a lot of times when they hit that dirt, they really spread it. So I banked on it, and it worked.”

MARTIN JONES, COMPARI, WINNER: “He’s kind of gotten to where he’s relaxing more in his races. Early in his career he was real aggressive and now it seems like he’s a lot more settled. Even routing the other day he was real relaxed. He’s a lot more versatile than he used to be and when you get a trip like that it sure helps. That horse just floated out and he just got a dream run. He’s a nice horse. He’s all heart. It’s nice to see him get back on track with a couple wins.”

NOTES: The winning owners are John Nicoletti of Dos Palos, John Harris of Coalinga, and Don Valpredo of Bakersfield.