JOE TALAMO, OMEGA STAR, WINNER: “I thought of all the horses that ran today, she (second choice, the lone filly, Could Be Trouble) would have won. That’s part of the game; those things happen, and you’ve got to just keep moving forward, movin’ on.”

(In response to how the trip went for him)

“That was a perfect trip. I had a lot of horse under me the whole way, tracked right outside, and he did the rest.”

VICTOR ESPINOZA, FIGHTING HUSSAR, SECOND: “He ran big. When he takes the lead he kind of waits for other horses. He fought back today but he was a little jump late. Not good enough.”


JOHN SHIRREFFS, OMEGA STAR, 9-5 FAVORITE, WINNER: “It was a close one, I’m sure (speaking of the photo finish, which showed the margin of victory to be a nose). I didn’t tell Joe (Talamo) anything. He’s ridden him (seventh last out in the Grade II San Felipe Stakes) and he knows him very well.

“The horse was on his toes today and I thought he was going to run well.”

PETER MILLER, COULD BE TROUBLE, SEVENTH: “It was unfortunate (the incident where Could Be Trouble took up suddenly approaching the 3/8 pole), she was traveling really well and I thought we were going to win it. She had to take up pretty sharply and it was pretty much over after that. She looks like she came out of it fine. Garrett (Gomez, jockey) didn’t beat her up; after that he didn’t ask her for too much run. It looks like we’ll be OK. We’ll wait and see for her next race now. There’s a Cal-bred stake at Hollywood coming up that we’ll look at, but we’ll see.”

NOTES: The winning owners/breeders are Herman Sarkowsky of Seattle and Martin Wygod of Rancho Santa Fe.