COREY NAKATANI, GOODYEARFORROSES, WINNER: “Talking with Richard, and having worked her and knowing her, the plan was that whatever came easy to her, don’t take it away. It was an off track, so I just went out there and did my job. I just shook her up a little turning for home, and she kicked on.”
“Coming back and being home is always close to your heart. It’s always home at here at Santa Anita Park and it’s definitely always nice to win here. I have to thank Richard and the owners for having faith in me.
“I have a lot of faith in Richard and he’s a helluva horseman so I’m just grateful to be a part of his team and with owners like this, giving us these opportunities, the sky is the limit.”
RICHARD BALTAS, GOODYEARFORROSES, WINNER: “I’m very happy. So are the owners. As always, the owners are very, very happy. They get excited. They love to watch their horses run and they love this game.
“She’s trained very forwardly and has worked well. When the race came off the turf, we thought ‘Well, it’s a small field. And, she kind of skips across the dirt in the mornings.’ I didn’t know if she was going to like it or not, but she’s a very sound horse, and I thought it was worth giving her a shot, especially with all the scratches.”
NOTES: The winning owner is Bing Bush of Del Mar, CA who races as Abbondanza Racing, LLC.