BRICE BLANC, FLAMBOYANT, WINNER: “I speak to him in French, it must work!
“He’s been working really, really well and I think he cares for this course as well. He ran really well for me last fall and he just didn’t get a chance to run during Del Mar, the race didn’t go; the patience has paid off, though. There was plenty of pace to run at today, which I think is great because he seems like once he settles down, he can finish up and really make a nice run. He has a tremendous turn of foot when he uses it and I think he’s got a lot of back class.
“This was a tough bunch on paper, quite a few nice horses. I think the mile and an eighth helped me and it didn’t help some of the others.”
JOE TALAMO, OBVIOUSLY, SECOND: “He was doing it so easily today, that was a tough loss. I had a lot of horse turning for home. That’s the slowest he’s been in a while so I was glad he was able to relax. It’s just a tough beat but he definitely handled the distance well.”
PADDY GALLAGHER, FLAMBOYANT, WINNER: “Maybe Brice speaks the same language. (Flamboyant was bred in France and jockey Brice Blanc is from Lyon, France). We gelded the horse (April 25, 2015), but ever since Brice has ridden him, he’s done everything right, so whatever language he speaks, it must be working.”
DAVID BIENSTOCK, CO-OWNER, FLAMBOYANT, WINNER: “This is a great way to start the New Year. I told Chuck (Winner) we’re going to start the year with a winner and we did. When you could see him gaining incrementally, it was really exciting. Brice rode him great.”
CHUCK WINNER, CO-OWNER, FLAMBOYANT & CHAIRMAN, CHRB: “Early on I was a little concerned because I thought he’d be up closer to the lead, but Brice knew what he was doing. Going into the far turn, I saw he was full of run and when he started moving I thought, ‘We got a shot.’ This all worked out because my wife is French, the horse is French and the jock is French. It’s the French Connection!”
PHIL D’AMATO, OBVIOUSLY, SECOND, AND BIG JOHN B, EIGHTH: “He (Obviously) got beat by a neck, but he ran a great race. He just got outrun.”
NOTES: The winning owners are David Bienstock and Charles Winner of Los Angeles.