MARTIN GARCIA, DORTMUND, WINNER: “It looks easy because he’s such a good horse and when you have a horse that’s good, he makes it look easy.
“I’m always confident because I know how good he is.
“I don’t think there will be any difference for him when we add more distance; he can go any distance. It won’t be a problem for him.”
KENT DESORMEAUX, PROSPECT PARK, SECOND: “I had a full ride. I had to throw on the air brakes in the first turn to get him covered. He galloped and cantered to the quarter-pole. I had to thread a needle there where he shied a bit. He was made for this. He did a great job. They got the battle, we’ll win the war.”
VICTOR ESPINOZA, BOLO, THIRD: “He ran an amazing race today. To be able to switch to the main track for the first time like he did, he ran fantastic. I know we lost some ground, but I liked where we were. I didn’t want to get a bunch of dirt in his face and I didn’t want to get him back in behind horses. Dortmund is a great horse, no doubt about it. Just for a moment there at the top of the stretch, I thought we could beat him, but he’s too tough.”
BOB BAFFERT, DORTMUND, WINNER, AND LORD NELSON, FOURTH: “Coming into this race he was doing much better than he was last time. He’s starting to fill out, getting stronger. As long as he stays healthy, the farther they go, he’s just getting cranked up there at the end, so that was pretty exciting.”
Did he expect Dortmund to be on the lead? “Martin (Garcia) is on his own. All riders are on their own and they just rode their race. The thing about Martin, he knows all these horses, so if I have to give him instructions, then I’m in trouble. He knows the horse really well. The worse thing you can do is take him back and get him behind a wall of horses. He was doing it pretty easily. He’ll stay here (for the Santa Anita Derby, $1 million, Grade I, 1 1/8 miles on April 4).”
CLIFFORD SISE, PROSPECT PARK, SECOND: “He ran very well, yeah. We were OK with the trip. I think the next step is the Santa Anita Derby.”
NOTES: Winning owner Kaleem Shah is from San Diego.