MIKE SMITH, SI SAGE, WINNER: “Well Jim told me he was going to run a big race today. ‘He hasn’t had a big effort in a while but he’s going to give you one today.’
“He got carried out a little bit when we were crossing the dirt and we went a bit quicker than I wanted to go but in doing so he was well within himself, was comfortable, very relaxed and sometimes you’ve just got to let a fast horse be fast.”
ALONSO QUINONEZ, PATENTAR, SECOND: “I saved all the ground and I decided ‘If I’m gonna win it, I’ve got to swing out and take a shot.’ I’m real happy with the way he ran.”
JIM CASSIDY, SI SAGE, WINNER: “I thought it was a pretty fast dog (with regard to him telling Mike to ‘walk the dog’ on the front end before the race) as I watched. In between being on the outside and going down the hill, that forty-seven half made me think we might be in trouble.
“If he didn’t impress anybody today, shame on them. He certainly impressed me.
“I don’t think there’s any problem with him, no matter the distance. He’s just a very honest horse. Darrell (Vienna, former trainer of Si Sage) told me when he retired that this is a very nice horse and he couldn’t have been more right.
“Without being a jerk, it brings tears to your eyes to win a race named after such a great man, Charlie Whittingham. It brought a tear to my eye.”
JED COHEN (RED BARON’S BARN), OWNER OF SI SAGE, WINNER: “I couldn’t believe the morning line today (15-1). He won a race here last year at the same distance (three starts back, The Last Tycoon, on April 25, 2015) and I thought he beat a better group of horses than he was facing today…It’s nice to have a nice horse and for him to be able to show it.”
NOTES: Winning owners are Jed Cohen who races as Red Baron’s Barn, LLC of Los Angeles, CA, Rancho Temescal and Vayaconsuerte, LLC.