FLAVIEN PRAT, PACIFIC HEAT, WINNER: “I had a good trip. She was relaxed going down the backside. But, when a horse come up on her outside (Run Like the Boss with Joe Talamo up), she grabbed the bit and was a little bit aggressive after that. I think it was just because she is a ton of horse and she doesn’t know much yet. She’s pretty impressive.
“Peter told me to ride her with confidence and put her where she’s comfortable.”
PETER EURTON, PACIFIC HEAT, WINNER, AND CHEEKABOO, THIRD: “I never expect anything (when asked if Pacific Heat’s performance exceeded his expectations). The way she was training, it wasn’t surprising because if you would have seen her work in the morning, it was amazing. Her confidence level’s been up and she looks great. Her weight looks good.
“The biggest question to me was not the turf but whether she could get two turns and there was no question today. Flavien said she’s a little aggressive and I think in time she’ll learn how to pace herself.”
And Cheekaboo running third, earning $22,000: “She paid for the supplemental nomination ($25,000), so that was good.”
JOE CIAGLIA, PACIFIC HEAT, WINNER: “To be honest, I wasn’t looking at Pacific Heat. I thought she had it pretty easy. I was yelling for Cheekaboo (his other horse) to get up for second. It was a great thrill to have the two run together. I’m glad she’s back.
(On whether he was surprised she ran so dominant first time on turf) “She’s basically bred for turf. We have a lot of Unusual Heats and they’ve done extremely well on turf, as well as going long. It was a surprise she ran good on the dirt and we had to stick with it because she was doing well on it. But we knew our long-term goal was to run on grass.”
(On her form in this race compared to others): “Pretty much like the others. She took the lead and went for home and relaxed. Her one bad race, she had a bit of an ulcer in her throat and so she lost air coming down the stretch. This was a blessing. We were concerned if this was going to happen again, so we’re very, very pleased.”
NOTES: The winning owners are Sharon Alesia of Carlsbad; Mike Burns; and Joe Ciaglia of Upland.