Santa Anita News
FRONTRUNNER STAKES QUOTES
RAFAEL BEJARANO, POWER BROKER, WINNER: “This horse has turned out really good. I’m surprised with the way he ran today, he was amazing. It was the first time he ran on this track at this distance and it looked like he loved this track. It’s important to be on the lead right now, and it was easy to find early position right away.”
GARRETT GOMEZ, KNOW MORE, SECOND: “He traveled good. He did everything perfect. It was the first time doing two turns. First time really being on dirt. He handled everything really well. I have to tell you the Baffert horse was just better today. We’ll have to go for round two.”
BOB BAFFERT, POWER BROKER, WINNER: “I was really high on this horse before we went to Del Mar. I thought he was a top horse. He let me down when he ran down there, and I was a little disappointed. Then he came back and he didn’t work that well. Then he worked really well the other day. I was thinking of putting him on the grass. After that last race, I switched him up. It worked out.”
(When asked about Kentucky Derby prospects for Power Broker) “It’s too early.”
(On Rafael Bejarano returning from a spill yesterday)
“My phone was being blown up by agents – they were doing their job. But when he went down, I thought ‘This is not good.’ If it would have been synthetic, he probably would have broken a collarbone, because it’s hard. But this dirt track is soft. He rolled. I think it’s safer for jockeys. I think the dirt really saved him, and Espinoza did a miraculous job of getting out of the way. That was the key right there. (Bejarano) just got really lucky. He came out this morning and worked a horse for me, and looked great. They’re all tough. Everything went just right – he just hit right and got really lucky. It was like me not having the heart attack on the plane. He was really lucky.”
(DOUG O’NEILL’S ASSISTANT), LEANDRO MORA, KNOW MORE, SECOND: “We are very, very pleased. First time in dirt. He ran a very good second. He has not stepped foot on dirt. We’ve been training on synthetic, so the plans are to train here on dirt and be ready for the Breeders’ Cup.”
(On why he is running on dirt now after training on synthetic) ”We always wanted to win a race. We’ve been training at Hollywood Park, which is synthetic. He has run two synthetic races and never run on dirt before, so finishing second on dirt in a Group 1 race is very, very good. This is a great test. I was hoping to finish (either) 1-2-3 on dirt. We’ll stay here for the entire month before Breeders’ Cup."
NOTES: The winning owners are Gary and Mary West of Omaha.