DAVID FLORES, MIZDIRECTION, WINNER: “I had confidence today, but I was expecting her to have the same turn of foot that she does on grass and it was not like that. The dirt is getting heavier, so it was a bit tiring. When I moved outside I had her chase the leader. She accelerated slowly but she got on it. After the wire she was very happy. It’s good to ride a horse like this. She showed her class today.”


MIKE PUYPE, MIZDIRECTION, WINNER: “She quite obviously is not the same horse on the dirt, but it didn’t matter. That’s why we ran today, with the horses we were running with. We got the job done and that’s all that counts and she’ll be back on the turf for her next race. I have no specific race in mind. A win’s a win and we’ll take it.”

NOTES: The winning owners are Jim Rome of Los Angeles (Jungle Racing, LLC); Joshua Grohs of Arcadia; and William Strauss of Del Mar.