DRAYDEN VAN DYKE, HECK YEAH, WINNER: “He broke well. I thought he would be a little bit closer but he wasn’t so I just let him fall into place. Coming into that turn I had a lot of horse left. He was doing it easy and I tried to work my way out once I crossed the dirt.”
MIKE MARLOW, ASSISTANT TO BOB BAFFERT, HECK YEAH, WINNER: “Drayden knows the horse. He’s bred for the turf and Drayden rode a good race on him. He got away a little bad but he didn’t panic. He kind of let him sort himself out and he ran well.”
MICHAEL PAGELER, PART OWNER AND BREEDER: “It’s wonderful. This is my first stakes winner and the first horse I’ve ever bred. The mother (Lutess) is the first horse I ever owned.”
Pageler lives in Arizona and is from Kansas, originally.
BOB BAEDEKER, PART OWNER, HECK YEAH, WINNER: “Bob was confident he’d handle the grass, but you can’t work on it, so you really don’t know for sure. He moves like a turf horse and with his pedigree . . . But you never know until you do it.”
NOTES: The winning owners are Michael Pageler, Dr. Michael Sigband and Bob Baedeker.