KENT DESORMEAUX, WHAT A VIEW, WINNER: “Well from the ‘View’ I had everyone was going for the lead and this guy loves that; the faster, the better. I thought that if they all wanted to come at him, then he’d run them into the ground and I wanted to try and win the race that way.
“He was loaded turning for home. He was enjoying himself and I think he enjoyed the soft ground. The time is incredible because the turf has a tremendous amount of give in the ground. For him to put that number up on the clock, he’s a real racehorse.
“I feel like I’m making the right decisions right now and I hope that continues.”
MIKE SMITH, BOLO, SECOND: “I think anybody that was going to lay close (to What a View) was just going to shoot themselves in the foot. To be honest, I think that helped us run second. If I had tried to lay close, I wouldn’t have run second.”
FLAVIEN PRAT, BAL A BALI, THIRD: “My horse ran good, the horse ran his race and did well. I feel that I got a good race, [Bal a Bali] had his shot and ran his race well. I don’t need to make an excuse for him, he did well.”
KENNY BLACK, TRAINER, WHAT A VIEW, WINNER: “We’ve had some issues with his feet and I just wanted to keep him on the grass. There were some really tough horses in here: Bolo, Bal a Bali and Om, so we knew we were going to have to run big to win.”
JUDY JOHNSTON, PART OWNER/BREEDER, WHAT A VIEW: “It feels really good to win a race like this. There were some tough horses in there.”
REGARDING WINNING HER FIRST GRADE I WITHOUT HER LATE HUSBAND, E.W. (BUDDY) JOHNSTON IN ATTENDANCE: “He’s in the skybox, up there cheering for us.”
NOTES: The winning owners are Sal Berumen, Robert Riggio and the Elwood Johnston Trust, et al.