PETER EURTON, KOBE’S BACK, WINNER: “Gary said the blinkers did make a difference. They probably need a little more. He tends to focus on the handlers (at the gate) a little bit and if he can see them, he tends to forget about the front part of the gate when it opens, so we’re probably going to add a little more cup to them.
“We’ll take that same area code (that he broke from). That’s the way he’s going to run. They still ran pretty fast, eight and change. That’s tough to catch. He can hold his own with anybody except maybe a Runhappy.
“I know him, so we’re used to him being so far back early . . . six furlongs is just a little short. I felt he had a chance still (when he was far back). I never felt he was completely out of it, knowing him. He was invited to Dubai (for the Golden Shaheen on March 28), but that’s up to Lee and Susan. Right now we’re going to enjoy this because it doesn’t happen very often and we’ll go from there.”
LEE SEARING, KOBE’S BACK, WINNER: “Well, having owned that horse a long time and knowing exactly what he’s gone through with his breaking, and all the ‘could have been this,, could have been that’…He’s a really good horse but he has that style and he does some stupid things but he didn’t do anything stupid today, he just ran.
“We tried the blinkers years ago when John had him and he didn’t particularly like them. We didn’t think it was going to make a big difference. He did come out of the gate really good today so that may have made a difference but he’s also never been this good so finally this may be his year. We’ll find out but it’s a good start.
“We’ll talk about what’s next. We always thought he was a really good seven furlong horse and thought he could go a mile and we tried it last year against the best in the world. He didn’t get it done that day but I still think we’ll continue to look for a one turn mile, some seven furlong races. It seems like he likes his races spaced a little apart, he’s off to a good start. He doesn’t have any physical problems and Gary wants even more blinkers on him, so this could be really interesting.”
“Dubai could be a conversation but…if you take him over there you also take the chance at six months off. I’m thinking we’re going to look at everything but it was a really good day. I knew he was coming today because he’s got that unbelievable kick.”
NOTES: The winning owners Lee and Susan Searing of Rancho Cucamonga who race as C R K Stable.