ALEX SOLIS, SAN ONOFRE, WINNER: “He’s been training really, really good. He’s a different horse these last six months, he’s a different horse in the mornings, you can see it. He’s stronger and happier and he showed it today.
“Karen and Bruce and myself, we’ll all sit down and discuss what’s best for him and go from there.”
KAREN HEADLEY, SAN ONOFRE, WINNER: “I’m very, very pleased . . . The strategy worked out perfect, finally. His last two sprints he had gone against monsters, not that this was a soft field, but there was no Masochistic in here.”
“He’ll probably come back in the California-bred stake ($150,000 Donald Valpredo California Cup Sprint at six furlongs Jan. 30).”
BRUCE HEADLEY, BREEDER OF SAN ONOFRE, WINNER: “Really good way to start the New Year; my daughter did a helluva job.
“I wasn’t overly confident today, because these are all real nice horses and great trainers. I knew it’d be tough. I’m more excited for Alex than I am myself. Alex has a lot left in him, which he showed today. Me, I’m on borrowed time.
“Karen did a great job, I had nothing to do with it. I mean, I bred him but . . . ”
Bruce Headley explains his wife’s nom de course, Matson Racing: “Aase’s father shipped ammunition for three different wars using Matson Shipping Company. They shipped during the Korean War, World War II and Vietnam. The morning of Pearl Harbor, he was actually there in the harbor but they received a warning so he decided to ship out before the bombings began.”
NOTES: The winning owner is Aase Headley of Arcadia, who campaigns as Matson Racing.