TYLER BAZE, PLEIN AIR, WINNER: “She was comfortable all the way around. Bob told me that she pretty much just went to the lead and galloped around there in her other races so he said to send her out there a little bit. She didn’t break that well but as soon as I sent her and she hit the lead, her ears went up. In this kind of race it’s just a matter of getting them to breathe and just settle.
“She was so nice galloping around there. I had to go a little bit fast that first part because I sent her out of the gate but once she settled, and we got back on the main turf (after the break over the main track) she just threw her ears up and did it like she had done it a million times. Like she had already raced here a million times.”
BOB BAFFERT, PLEIN AIR, WINNER: “This horse came to me through John Adger, who I’ve known forever. He said he found this nice filly in Italy and she goes a mile and a half and luckily, I don’t have any horses in that division.
“We’ve been working her and if you see it, she struggles on the dirt, works very ordinary. I knew I had to run her, I had to do something, so I put her in this race and here we are. I told Tyler to put her on the lead, that’s what you do. She ran around there and had turf form so I was very excited to watch her do that off a layoff.”
LARRY BROOKSHIRE, OWNER, PLEIN AIR, WINNER: When asked if today was his first time at Santa Anita? “Yes.” When asked what he thought of The Great Race Place? “I’m hooked.”
“This is my first horse, my first race and now my first win. I knew that obviously Bob has a good team and this was just thrilling.”
NOTES: Winning owners Larry and Sunny Brookshire reside in Houston, TX and race under the name Sunny Brook Stables, Ltd.