FLAVIEN PRAT, LORD NELSON, WINNER: “I was a little worried about All Run pulling away from us and at the three-eighths pole, I didn’t look like the winner. I think my horse is better going further. But when he switched leads he just took off and we really started running.”
MARTIN GARCIA, ALL RUN, SECOND: “When a race like this is at six furlongs, you just keep it simple.. With these kinds of horses, you need to just let it go unless the horse doesn’t break. My horse likes to run on the front end and I had to get after him a little bit early because my position was number one, and he kept running. I just got beat by a better horse.”
BOB BAFFERT, LORD NELSON, WINNER AND JAZZY TIMES, THIRD: “I was surprised Jazzy (Times) didn’t hang in there a little more, so I was disappointed, because on hot days like this, speed really holds well. (Flavien) Prat rode him (Lord Nelson) like he normally does. He’s got a big turn of foot. The one horse (All Run) though, he was running pretty easily.”
Addressing the Breeders’ Cup Sprint Nov. 5: “There’s always a lot of speed in that race. You’ve got Masochistic, and you’ve got Drefong (trained by Baffert). He’s pretty fast, too. He worked well today. To win the Sprint you have to be doing really well, be at the top of your game. Post position is so important, the break is important. The Sprint is a difficult race to win, but if you have the right kind of horse you can do it, and so far, Lord Nelson looks like the right kind of horse. He likes this track and he hasn’t lost this year.”
TAMMY HUGHES GUSTAVSON, DAUGHTER OF WINNING OWNER B. WAYNE HUGHES: “My dad has a cold or he would’ve been here. He’s here in L.A., but wasn’t feeling well enough to come. My husband and I left the S.C. game (USC football game) to come out today. We’re looking forward to the Breeders’ Cup Sprint with this horse. We’ll be here and there’ll be a lot of people from the farm (Spendthrift) as well.”
NOTES: The winning owner is B. Wayne Hughes of Lexington, Ky., who races as Spendthrift Farm.