EDWIN MALDONADO, CYCLOMETER, WINNER: “Before they scratched the four horse (Wild Dude) I was going to see how my horse broke from the gate and take it from there. When that horse scratched, it turned into a match race between me and the one (Wine Police) so I just figured I would let him run the way he wanted.”
VICTOR ESPINOZA, WINE POLICE, SECOND: “I wish I could have been outside (of Cyclometer and Edwin Maldonado) because it would have been easier to get position. He pressured me throughout the race so I decided to wait and attack him in the end. My horse ran great, he ran big today but Cyclometer was just a little bit too much for him.”
BRUCE HEADLEY, CYCLOMETER, WINNER: “He’s extremely sharp. This is a horse that has such a kind temperament. If you looked at him, he justs walks over like he’s strolling in the park. He’s always calm and cool, but he should have been closer in a couple other races. He stumbled twice at the gate, so those races didn’t look too good. But we’ve been standing him a lot in the gate and doing a lot with him, so he’s pretty calm in there now.
“When Wine Police came back at him, it looked like he was playing possum, and here he comes again, so it made your heart beat a little harder.”
DANA STEAD, RACING VETERINARIAN ON THE LATE SCRATCH OF WILD DUDE: “He was a little off in his left front. I could see him jogging toward me (on the backstretch) and just as I noticed it, Mike (Smith) flagged me to bring it to my attention. The horse will go on the vet’s list for 10 days, at which point he’ll be required to work a strenuous five-eighths (of a mile), and there will be blood testing.”
NOTES: This was Headley’s fourth victory in this race. Others were by Street Boss (2008), Son of a Pistol (1999) and Kona Gold (2002). The winning owners/breeders are Bruce Headley of Arcadia and Irwin and Andrew Molasky of Las Vegas.