MIGUEL MENA, CARY STREET, WINNER: “I didn’t really want to be that far back early on but they were rockin’ and rollin’ the first part of the race. This horse runs all day so I wasn’t worried about it when they went out there so quick. He likes this distance; the farther he goes, the better he gets. I started looking for the leader at the five-eighths pole and he started to kick on for me. He finished great, he was rolling. He was the best horse in the race. I didn’t panic, I knew he was going to come running at the end.
“It’s a great feeling to be here on Breeders’ Cup (Friday), it feels awesome.”
BRENDAN WALSH, CARY STREET, WINNER: “I wasn’t too concerned (about the first half of the race, with his horse so far back). I had a fair idea that they might go quickly, so I just told him (Miguel Mena) to get him in the rail, save the ground, and he gave him such a great ride. He was so patient . . . This horse can run all day.”
NOTES: The winning owners are trainer Brendan Walsh and Mark Detampel. This is Walsh’s first win at Santa Anita. “I claimed him for 10 grand about two years ago,” Walsh said of Cary Street.