MARTIN PEDROZA, BETTER BET, WINNER: “I watched the tape of his last race when (Alberto) Delgado rode him and I could see he got forced out really wide on the first turn. He was out toward the middle of the racetrack and you could see that he didn’t run that bad. Today, I wanted to get him into the race and we were able to save ground pretty good into the first turn. When I asked him, he gave me everything he had.”

JULIEN LEPAROUX, TAMARANDO, 7-5 FAVORITE, THIRD: “This was just not his day today. The track is favoring speed and I just couldn’t catch the horse on the front end.”


MIKE HARRINGTON, BETTER BET, WINNER: “I knew Martin (Pedroza) fits this horse to a tee. He needed a Pedroza. I’m not sure it was that important to get in front today because the horse is tactical. In fact, he loves to lay off horses, but his last race he had no shot. It just set up good for him today. He’s a better horse than the way he’s been running. Like all horse races, things just had to turn out right. Fortunately, in a $200,000 race, things turned out right.”

NOTES: The winning owner/trainer is Mike Harrington of Westchester, CA.