TYLER BAZE, MASOCHISTIC, WINNER: “This was just basically, don’t change anything that ain’t broken. I talked to Victor (Espinoza) yesterday before he left for Arkansas and he said to get him out of the gate and keep him going. We weren’t going fast down the backside, like 22 and change and 44 and change, but we picked it up around the turn. When I asked him turning for home, he pinned his ears and took off.”
ALEX SOLIS, SAN ONOFRE, SECOND: “From the three-eighths pole, it was a battle between these two horses, and my horse didn’t give up an inch. He just kept trying the whole way. He got a clean break, and I was where I wanted to be. (Masochistic) was just a little better today.”
RON ELLIS, MASOCHISTIC, WINNER: “I thought he ran awesome. I was really glad to see he could win a dogfight, because all his wins have been pretty easy. You never know until you’re in one. He hooked with a very tough horse around the turn so I’m glad he responded the way he did. He’s a talented sonofagun.
“He’s been training great. I’ve been very surprised. It’s been easy to get him to gallop. As we get up higher in graded stakes I think the key with him will be getting him to learn to relax. I think he could go a mile. The Breeders’ Cup Mile would be something we’d consider, but we’ll see how he comes out of this race and go from there.
“He had a perfect trip. Tyler (Baze) did a great job. I haven’t run the horse before, Tyler hadn’t ridden the horse before, so we were kind of new faces, but I think Victor (Espinoza) had talked to Tyler and gave him the nuances he needed to know. It was nice that he had an outside post, too. We didn’t have to worry about what everybody else did in the race.”
DAN WARD, SAHARA SKY, THIRD: “Glad to have him back. He ran a good race. I really thought they’d run a lot faster. He’s a 7-year-old, and we’ve had him for four years. He’s a personal favorite. There’s the Triple Bend and the Los Angeles – I don’t know if we go to both, because we also have Wild Dude, and he can run in the Los Angeles, and maybe Sahara Sky in the Triple Bend. And then there are good opportunities at Del Mar the rest of the year now that it’s dirt.”
NOTES: The winning owners are William Shamlian of Los Angeles (Los Pellos Hermanos Racing) and Samantha Siegel (Jay Em Ess Stable) of Beverly Hills.