JOE TALAMO, PEE WEE REESE, WINNER: “Compliments go to Phil, he’s done such a great job with this horse, keeping him fresh. I just try to be a good pilot when I’m on him. Whether it’s six and a half or a mile, he always runs his race.”
PHIL D’AMATO, PEE WEE REESE, WINNER: “The game plan was to just go out there and if they wanted to catch us, they’d have to try. This horse just keeps getting better and better. His weight, his confidence, the way Joe rides him with a lot of confidence – I think that’s all making a big difference.
“I think the ultimate plan is the Kilroe (Grade I, $400,000 Frank E. Kilroe Turf Mile on March 10) and we’ll see how we get there with him. But he’s definitely worthy of that race now.
“The Cal Cup (Unusual Heat Turf Classic, 1 1/8 miles, Turf) is tentatively what I’m thinking of for how I’ll get him to the Kilroe. Not set in stone but the plan I had.
“I just don’t know how much of today was that he’s that fast or just that he makes everything look so easy when does it. When he won first time out going down the hill it looked like he was absolutely galloping and he was six in front. The way he does things on the turf makes it look so easy.”
NICK ALEXANDER, OWNE/BREEDER OF PEE WEE REESE, WINNER: “You know, he was life and death to break his maiden on the dirt. In his next start we ran five furlongs down at Del Mar and I think he win by five or six, just as easy as you can win.
“This felt pretty good. He’s been a real super horse for us. I loved the mare and she unfortunately she died during foaling the next year. And Tribal Rule, he’s gone, so he’s the only one left. His mom and dad are gone so hopefully he’ll be a stallion for us.
(Regarding the horse’s namesake, Dodgers player in the 1940’s and 50’s) “I’ve been a Dodgers fan since before they came to Los Angeles and if you recall, Pee Wee was a guy who befriended Jackie Robinson, when he getting a hard time. I think it was in Philadelphia, and he went up and put his arm around Robinson. I’ve just been a Dodgers fan my whole life. Pee Wee was a captain, he wasn’t the biggest guy in the world but he had a big heart, just like this horse.”
Steve Andersen of the Daily Racing Form presents the trophy to owner/breeder Nick Alexander, Joe Talamo, and trainer Phil D’Amato
Zoe Metz Photogrpahy