ELVIS TRUJILLO, TOP KISSER, WINNER: “It was a good race. She broke sharp, we had a good position and I knew they were going too fast on the front end, 21, 44 for the half. I knew they had to stop. I asked her at the quarter pole and she kicked on.”
RAFAEL BEJARANO, TRIBAL GAL, SECOND: “She broke sharply, but I knew the No. 2 (Uzziel, with Tyler Baze) was gonna go, so I just sat in behind her and my filly was very comfortable. She ran big, but the winner was much the best.”
ROCCO BOWEN, STOPSHOPPINGDEBBIE, FIFTH: “It felt like I had horse around the turn, but she didn’t go on with it. I don’t want to use it as an excuse, but if felt like she was getting a hold of the track like 50-50. I’m thankful to be on her; she’s better than this. Tom (Wenzel, trainer) said they’re going to go over her real good later this afternoon and decide where to go next.”
JERRY HOLLENDORFER, TOP KISSER, WINNER: “The fractions were good for her. If I can get in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint ($1 million at seven furlongs Nov. 1), I’d like to do that (for her next race). I don’t know if we’ll get in, but we’ll see.
“The only thing we told Elvis (Trujillo) was, ‘You’re not going to make the lead in here and you’re probably going to have to get outside where she likes it.”
NOTES: The winning owner/breeder is Tom Stull of Santa Ynez, who races as Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, LLC.