MARIO GUTIERREZ, HOW ABOUT ZERO, WINNER: The post position was good, everything was good. She settled nicely and we had a good pace, which we thought we would. She’s a really nice filly and she proved it today.”
DOUG O’NEILL, HOW ABOUT ZERO, WINNER: “Mario (Gutierrez) did a great job with this maiden. He took advantage of the 10 post and kept her in the clear. Mario thought after the last race that maybe a set of blinkers would do the trick. She came up empty the last time, but we had a lot of confidence in her. She showed today coming down the lane that she is still a little green. I think the blinkers made her focus more. Those Square Eddie horses really run. That’s like in baseball having the Mickey Mantle bloodline. She is a big stout filly and really mentally and physically tough. I will talk to the Reddams. I think you might see this filly in open company the next time.”
PAUL REDDAM, WINNING OWNER/BREEDER: “We were high on her last time, but she was very green and she wouldn’t change leads. I was absolutely shocked we were 10-1 today. I thought she’d be 4-1, even with me betting! This was a nice way to break your maiden.”
HOW DID HE ARRIVE AT THE NAME, HOW ABOUT ZERO: “A friend of mine sent his kid over to me to work as an intern (in his financial business). When he asked me how much he was going to be making, I said ‘Ten dollars an hour.’ He said ‘How about 15?’ So I told him, ‘How about zero?’
(Reddam also noted “the kid” was in fact hired at $10 per hour and that he “worked out fine.”)
NOTES: Winning owners Paul and Zillah Reddam reside in Irvine, CA.