GARY STEVENS, AVANZARE, WINNER: “He had tunnel vision in the starting gate. I was able to go out there and Fernando (Perez, on El Nino Terrible) set a decent pace that was comfortable. He kicked home really nice and he was giving me that feeling down the backside.
“I breezed him five days ago on the dirt and when I looked at the work, he had the second-fastest work that morning (at the distance.) I thought he went in 1:01 and he actually went in 59 and usually when they do that they’re doing awfully well. He’s a great turf horse and he’s still improving. He’s gained some confidence from the Native Diver, which was the first time I rode him. It was kind of gooey and he didn’t seem like he was enjoying it but he still ran third.”
WINNING TRAINER TOM PROCTOR HAD NO COMMENT
NOTES: The winning owners are Donato Lanni or John S. Youngblood of Springfield, MO.