JOE TALAMO, PEE WEE REESE, WINNER: “He’s a tremendous horse. He reminded me of Obviously. He was going pretty quick but the way he was doing it…he was well within himself. Turning for home he switched leads and he still had a lot left. That impressed me. This is a really nice group of horses today.
“I saw that Gary was riding to stay with me and I was very happy. I was loaded the whole way. I knew we were going pretty quick but this horse had his ears up, doing it pretty easy. The last horse I rode that did that was Obviously.”
GARY STEVENS, OM, SECOND: “There’s not a whole lot I could have done today! Those were fast fractions. He was comfortable the whole way though. He pulled up happy and it was a really good effort.”
PHIL D’AMATO, PEE WEE REESE, WINNER: “This horse can do those kind of fractions on a fast turf course.
“This was not by design. There was a Cal-bred stakes down the hill that we were pointing him towards that didn’t go so this was kind of a last minute switch and it just proved to be lucky. We’ll take it.
“At the three-eighths pole when Om was pushing and shoving and we had a length on him, I could see that Joe sensed Om was all out and he was just trying to give Pee Wee a little breather. When we opened up a little bit of daylight, I thought we had a chance but you never know with those fast fractions if someone will come and try to run you down. He just proved he has a ton of heart. I’m very proud of this horse.
“He was always a good horse. We always thought very highly of him but I don’t think we realized his true potential until we threw him on the grass. Then, when we put him on the grass he was a totally different horse. He’s got such a high cruising speed and has shown he can carry it around two turns. It reminiscent of Obviously and it couldn’t have come at a better time. We retired the big guy and we’ve got another nice prospect on our hands.
“We’ll play it by ear. You never know if he bounces out of it good. We may point towards the Del Mar Mile (Gr. II turf mile on Aug. 20) or may even consider the Eddie Read (Gr. II 1 1/8 miles on turf on July 22.)”
NOTES: Winning owner/breeder Nick Alexander is from Los Angeles.