VICTOR ESPINOZA, FINNEGANS WAKE, WINNER: “No, I wasn’t ever concerned about catching Diamond Bachelor. I thought I could catch them anytime I wanted. This horse is unbelievable, he runs, he tries hard. He really likes it here in California, the weather, the track. Distance is never a problem. I thought last time, going 1 1/8 miles was a bit short for him but he took it well; today it was even better for him.”
PETER MILLER, FINNEGANS WAKE, WINNER: “The horse ran great; Victor (Espinoza) gave him a tremendous ride. The horse is unbelievable. He just keeps firing. I wish could take the credit. The horse really has blossomed out here and really likes it out here . . . He’s got a great turn of foot and he’s a very ratable horse. Victor and the horse go together like six and seven.
“We’ll regroup, I’ll get with the owners . . . the Santa Anita Handicap is a chance. He’s either go there, stay on the grass, or possibly run in Dubai, if that’s what they want to do.”
NOTES: The winning owners are Jerry Crawford of Des Moines, Iowa, who race as Donegal Racing, and Gary Hartunian of Los Angeles, who races as Rockingham Ranch.