MARTIN GARCIA, COLLECTED, WINNER: “In the Santana he wasn’t even ready for that race. He was maybe three-quarters and I even told Bob that I was going to go easy in that race. The race happened just like we thought it would. The speed went, I just sat back, made one move and he just took off.
“This time, I was pressured a little and knew there was speed to my outside. He always likes to run on the lead. Today, I just let him break and run where he wanted to. When it was time to go, I just asked and he took off.”
BOB BAFFERT, COLLECTED, WINNER: “When we turned him out last year, Mel McGuire in Kentucky, really did a great job getting him ready, got him to relax more and taking the blinkers off helped a lot too.
“He’s really matured into a big strong horse and now we’re able to conserve that speed a little bit. Before, he was just wanting to go, go, go and now he’s learning to conserve. The more he’s learning to conserve it, the more we’re able to stretch him out a little. He handled it really well today, even with pressure.
“He ran a respectable time so it was pretty fast.
“Martin is a big part of our success. The one thing I’ve learned about Martin is that he knows these horses really well; I try to stay out of his way. Sometimes I try to tell him what he needs to do and it’s always the wrong instructions. Once you have a jock that has that confidence and knows that I’m leaving it up to him,…it’s a good team, everybody around me. He’s been a big part of Arrogate and this is how we thank him. We throw him a bone with a big filet on it and he wins a big stake for me.
“We wanted to see what he would do here and how he comes out of it, but the Gold Cup (Grade I, $500,000, 1 ¼ miles on May 27) is possible.
PETER FLUOR, PART OWNER, COLLECTED, WINNER: “This was a big race for him. We backed off on him after the Preakness and he ran real well here in his first race back. Bob had him for about a month going into that and he earned a 101 Beyer (Speed figure). It was great to have him come back and run like this today. As far as plans, I think you look to the Breeders’ Cup at Del Mar in November and work your way back. We’ll get with Bob and decide what we’re going to do. Bob told us ‘Anytime you can have fresh horses in March, that can be lethal,’ so it looks like we’re in good shape.”
NOTES: The winning owner is Peter Fluor of Houston who races as Speedway Stable, LLC.