MARIO GUTIERREZ, ANN ARBOR EDDIE, WINNER: “Everything went really well until the 3/8s. I started asking him a little bit. He didn’t want to pick up the bit. I was worried a little bit turning for home because I really had to ask him. He has so much more ability than that. He’s still a little green.”
LEANDRO MORA, ASSISTANT TRAINER, ANN ARBOR EDDIE, WINNER: “I was so impressed by his performance today. This is not the next California Chrome but at least we have a baby California Derby winner so it’s ok to dream. He hasn’t done anything wrong. He’s given us three wins and a third so we’re very, very pleased.
“I think the farther the better for him, like today. Thank God we’ve got two Derbies. We won the California Derby last week at Golden Gate too (with So Conflated) so why not start to dream? We developed a little later this year, not as early as with Nyquist, but we’ve still got some chances to make some pints I hope.
“It’s up to Doug and Paul where we go next but Paul likes to try. Don’t be surprised if we go against the big guys. We’ve done well so far so why not keep following that philosophy.”
DENNIS O’NEILL, ANN ARBOR EDDIE, WINNER: “When we turned for home we were in trouble and he just keeps trying and trying and trying. We prayed that the wire wouldn’t come too soon. We had a good day. We had three seconds. It’s great for Paul. Paul puts a lot in to the Cal-Breds. It was a fitting end to the day.”
NOTES: The winning owner is J. Paul Reddam from Irvine, CA.