VICTOR ESPINOZA, TEDDY’S PROMISE, WINNER: “I had a great trip. I had a good post outside. She’s got a lot of class. When she wants to run, she’s the best. I liked the post a lot; when she’s inside she doesn’t always like it.”

TYLER BAZE, SNOW FALL, SECOND: “I’m still getting to know this filly, it’s her first time here; she’s from back east. I’ve only been on her once in the morning, so I’m still getting to know her. She gave me what I thought she had today but that other horse was just a little too much for her. She loved the track, she’s a really nice filly and I think she’ll only improve with longer distances.”


RON ELLIS, TEDDY’S PROMISE, WINNER: “She likes this race track and she’s kind of bred for the mud, too. She’s been training really well. She’s come back and done well since the Breeders’ Cup (Filly and Mare Sprint last Nov. 3). I felt pretty good about her today.

“I expected her to be close up. She was going to be first or second no matter what in there. I really liked the way she sat off another horse. It was very encouraging. She’s going to come back in the Santa Monica (Stakes, Grade II, seven furlongs, $250,000 on Jan. 26).”

NOTES: The winning owners are Ted and Judy Nichols from Oceanside, CA.