TYLER BAZE, ALERT BAY, WINNER: “Going into the far turn I had some trouble. Bejarano (on G. G. Ryder) didn’t go into the turn real smooth and came out and bumped me and I was also getting pressure from the horses to our outside. Corey Nakatani (on Tamarando) was pressuring me because he was being pressured and that put me in a bad spot. I got bumped around a little bit but this horse is super precious. He’s an unbelievable horse to ride and he’s a got a will to win.”
RAFAEL BEJARANO, G. G. RYDER, EIGHTH: “I had a great position. I was in my lane and the winner didn’t have room to come in, but he came in on me and crossed us. There wasn’t enough room, so it completely shut me off and I had to stop my horse.”
BLAINE WRIGHT, ALERT BAY, WINNER: “We scooted out of a tough one there today. We could have come down. Tyler thought he had room. He said he knew it was tight, but he thought the other rider (Bejarano) was out of horse, and he thought we would stay up. Myself, I sweat these things out a little bit.
“We’re riding a five-race win streak. He’s taken me places . . . I thought my barn was kind of coming up, and (owner) Mr. Redekop has put some good horses in my hands, and this horse has taken me to a level where you certainly want to be. I’m very proud to be a part of it.”
MARK GLATT, BOOZER, SECOND: “I thought Gary rode a great race. The key to having him go a mile and an eighth was getting him to relax. I thought he relaxed really well, he got a great trip and kicked home but the other horse was a head better today.”
NOTES: The winning owner is Peter Redekop of Vancouver, British Columbia.