MIKE SMITH, DANZING CANDY, WINNER: “I jumped really well and took advantage of it today. I thought I’d play it off the break. I thought that if I jumped well I knew they would press me but at least I would have the jump on them, if I jumped well enough. If they were going to make him run fast, well that’s what he does best isn’t it?
“He was throwing those numbers up there (22.15, 44.26…) and running fast so I knew I was ok but it was just a matter if someone came late down the middle of the track. That’s what usually gets you in a situation like that. And, if he didn’t jump well, I was going to let Jamie (Theriot, on Coastline) go and see if I could tip out to his outside down the backside. I mean, I caught a flyer leaving there so I had to take advantage of it. That certainly helped.”
FLAVIEN PRAT, RANSOM THE MOON, SECOND: “We had a good trip. This might be a little too far for my horse, but he tried very hard. Around the turn, I thought I had him (Danzing Candy) but he fought back and we couldn’t quite catch him.”
BOB BAFFERT, DANZING CANDY, WINNER: “The older they get, the better they get. He was always a good horse last year and I’m just fortunate to have him.
“Mike did a tremendous job again. He was in the one hole and had to fight off some early speed but still had something left at the end. He rides these horses with so much confidence because he always has a lot of horse underneath him. He really had to dig in today.
“We want to see how he comes out of today but we’ll look at the Pat O’Brien down at Del Mar. It’s a 7/8ths, Win and You’re In (Breeders’ Cup Challenge Race on Aug. 26) for the Dirt Mile. We just have to keep these big horses healthy and as we get close to the bigger races we can change our mind here or there but for now we’re just happy that we won. I’m happy for the connections. Jim Bashor and Dianne Bashor, they just love this horse so much.”
TED ARONEY, HALO FARMS, BREEDER AND CO-OWNER DANZING CANDY, WINNER: “He’s really something, isn’t he? To cutback to seven furlongs…I don’t like to do that, but we can’t run against the Arrogate types, so we’ll go seven furlongs or a mile. If he gets better, then maybe we’ll try those kinds of horses. We’ll look at the Pat O’Brien (Grade II, seven furlongs at Del Mar on Aug. 26) next.”
NOTES: The winning owners are Ted Aroney (Halo Farms) of Carlsbad and Jim and Dianne Bashor of La Jolla.