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BIG BEAR HANDICAP QUOTES
COREY NAKATANI, COMMA TO THE TOP, WINNER: “The plan was to go to the lead. He’s got speed and that’s what he likes best. I was a little concerned about his fitness today at this distance, but he was ready.”
Today is Nakatani’s 42nd birthday. Asked about a celebration, he said: “When you’re 42, it’s just another day.”
GARRETT GOMEZ, TRES BORRACHOS, SECOND: “The race went a little slower than I was hoping for. The idea today was not really to send him, just to try and let him get up on his feet and find him a place. We knew he probably wouldn’t be on the lead. We thought that Peter’s (Miller) horse would be on the lead because he was the fastest out of all of us. I felt myself in a nice little spot and had plenty of time to go get him, but I just couldn’t catch him. I thought I was going to get the leader a couple times but I couldn’t get my horse to level off enough to get it done, and Pete’s (Miller) horse just wouldn’t back up enough, either. Today we were just second best.”
JOE TALAMO, JAYCITO, THIRD: “It was a tough race. Coming to the top of the lane the winner (Comma to the Top) had the race to himself because nobody really pressed him. He’s a nice horse, when he gets out there by himself he’s really tough to catch. I just let my horse run his race, and he did, he just got outrun.”
PETER MILLER, COMMA TO THE TOP, WINNER: “He looked like the only speed but we were worried about it. If they went, he would sit. He can rate, but he looked like the fastest horse on form, but this business is so crazy, you never know. You can read the (Daily Racing) Form until your eyes pop out and the race comes up different.
“He’s almost at a million dollars (in earnings) and we paid $22,000 for him. He’s just my all-time favorite. He’s just a warrior, just a class act, smart, good around the barn and just a lot of fun to train.”
MARTY JONES, TRES BORRACHOS, SECOND: “He never gave up. A horse like that (Comma to the Top) gets on an easy lead on this track, it’s hard to catch him. I’m proud of my horse. He’s a hard-trying horse; he shows up every time.”
NOTES: The winning owners are Gary Barber of Los Angeles; Roger Birnbaum of Beverly Hills; and Kevin Tsujihara of La Canada.