AMERICAN OAKS QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES

SHAUN BRIDGMOHAN, ROOM SERVICE, WINNER: “We had a perfect trip; it really set up well for her style of running. We obviously wanted a little pace to run at and we got it. I happened to work her on the grass at Churchill (five furlongs on May 6) and she’s got a great turn of foot on it. She showed that here today.”

MIKE SMITH, DIVERSY HARBOR, SECOND: “We got tangled up with Doug O’Neill’s filly (Loan Savant, ridden by Mario Gutierrez) and my filly kinda got turned sideways. I’d like to have a clean run at them next time but this might be best in the long run. She settled real well today and made a big run, which is what she needs to do.”

JOE TALAMO, NASHOBA’S GOLD, FIFTH: “It got a little tight around the quarter pole. I was going for a spot, but that’s horse racing. I really had a good trip up to that point. Actually, me and the winner were kind of moving at the same point. I was going for a hole but they just had a little more momentum and we got squeezed a little bit out of there. I don’t know if we’d have won today, but I think we’d have definitely hit the board. It cost her a lot of momentum.”

TRAINER QUOTES

WAYNE CATALANO, ROOM SERVICE, WINNER: “It’s always worth the trip when you win, and it’s super weather, anyway. I thought everything in the race was unfolding like I expected it to. Going a mile and a quarter, I didn’t think she’d get too far back. We were very happy to see the position she was in. When Shaun pulled the trigger and moved a little bit to get a jump on the horses, I thought it was a good move.

“She’s mainly a grass horse, but she will handle synthetics pretty well. We’ll talk over plans for what’s next with (owners/breeders) Mr. and Mrs. West and make a decision. It was great to be in California with the Wests. The way it worked out, you couldn’t have written a better script . . . We came to Mr. West’s hometown and decided to win a race.”

NOTES: Owners/breeders Gary and Mary West are from Omaha, Nebraska.