TYLER BAZE, SNOW FALL, WINNER: “I haven’t had that feeling from a horse in a long time. I had so much horse under me, it’s just a great feeling to have from such a good horse like that. Jerry (Hollendorfer) gave me the opportunity, so I was going to take advantage of it.”

(In response to her second-place finish in the Kalookan Queen here Dec. 29 going 6 ½ furlongs)

“I knew she would improve stretching out; two turns is her deal and she just showed me what I thought she was the first time I got on her in the morning, and I’m really proud of her and looking forward to bigger and better things.”

RAFAEL BEJARANO, DISTRACTING, 8-5 FAVORITE, SECOND: “No excuse. It was a good second. He (Tyler Baze on Snow Fall) just had more horse than I did.”

GARRETT GOMEZ, CHARM THE MAKER, 5-2 SECOND CHOICE, SIXTH: “Dan (Landers) and Ron (McAnally) have been working with her (at the gate), and she walked in there and she was good for a second. Then she got a little silly, and then I reached up to grab her ear and it (blanked) her off. As soon as she left there, she hopped and she was never happy.”


JERRY HOLLENDORFER, SNOW FALL, WINNER, AND CURVY CAT, THIRD: “We were a little concerned about running her back quickly, but she responded very well out of her race (second in the Kalookan Queen on Dec. 29), so we decided to try her going long so I’m glad we did.

“I thought that Bob’s horse (Distracting) was the speed and I told him (Tyler Baze) he would be tactical, and Curvy Cat we were bringing off the pace because that’s the way she likes to run. That’s the way the race developed and Tyler made a good decision to move at the right time.”

NOTES: The winning owners are Peter Abruzzo, Edward Taylor and George Saufley.