RAFAEL BEJARANO, DOINGHARDTIMEAGAIN, WINNER: “I just tried to find my position and figure it out from there. She was a little hot going to the gate, a little excited, but she was good once she was in the gate. When I saw that the favorite (Sweet Marini) didn’t break that well I just had to find my position and I would go from there, I was going to just follow the seven horse (Hail Mary).”

JOE TALAMO, SWEET MARINI, 3-5 FAVORITE, EIGHTH: “I had a good trip. She broke a little slow, and she just didn’t fire today. She had a lot of kickback today, and she just didn’t fire.”


DAN WARD, ASSISTANT TO JERRY HOLLENDORFER, DOINGHARDTIMEAGAIN, WINNER: “She ran like we expected, she was training well and got a super trip. He’s (Rafael Bejarano) the best rider. He knew he had it won. He’s 17 for 28 on our horses.

“I just told him she has enough speed to be up close and that she likes to fight. She’s a hard trier.”

MIKE MITCHELL, HAIL MARY, SECOND: “She ran real good. It was the perfect trip. I thought I would be in front of Sweet Marini, I thought we had more speed than that. It was a perfect trip, I just got outrun, Hollendorfer’s horse ran super. I’m not unhappy about anything, and that’s the trip I thought we would have.”

(In response to where her next race might be)

“Well, there is a Cal bred stake at Hollywood going long, two turns. We might entertain that, but I’ll have to talk with my owners.”

TOM STULL OF TOMMY TOWN THOROUGHBREDS LLC, DOINGHARDTIMEAGAIN, WINNER: “This stud is real hot right now (Doinghardtimeagain’s sire Ministers Wild Cat), hope we get another one in the eighth (the filly, Could Be Trouble by Ministers Wild Cat in the Echo Eddie Stakes).”

(In response to the pace scenario)

“When we saw that the two-horse (favorite Sweet Marini) didn’t have the lead I was pretty happy. When he came around the turn, I was hoping Bejarano knew if he had plenty of horse left, and it turns out he did.”

(In response to how consistent his filly has been)

“Well, when you get a good one, it’s why we’re all in the game. I put my time in so it’s a lot of fun. I was thinking that if she didn’t do well in this race we would go back to the turf but looks like she’ll go either way. She likes a little more distance too, pretty versatile. We’re real happy with ‘Minister’ right now.”

NOTES: This was Hollendorfer’s sixth stakes win of the meet. He trails leader Bob Baffert, who has 10. The winning owner/breeder is Tom Stull of Santa Ynez who races as Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, LLC.