JOE TALAMO, OBVIOUSLY, WINNER: “I knew Pulpit’s Express had a lot of speed and would try and go to the front with us and Winning Prize too, but I didn’t really think we would go as fast as we did. We were rolling right along. He’s all class. He was going fast, but he was doing it fairly easily. With him, you didn’t have a choice though. His thing is going to the front. If I would have taken him back, we wouldn’t have won. You give him his head and let him do it. He is one of the best I’ve ever sat on. I just waited as long as I could to make my move because I knew we had closers coming after us. It’s amazing he could still accelerate after running as fast as he did.”
JOE BRAVO, SUMMER FRONT, SECOND: “What can I say? Obviously goes 22, 44 and change, 1:08, and he keeps going. It’s a shame we had to run into him today. Don’t give up on Summer Front; he’s gonna do some good things this year.”
COREY NAKATANI, WINNING PRIZE, SEVENTH: “Joe (Talamo, on winner Obviously) had a lot of horse. My horse out-broke the gate and I was trying to either make Joe commit and go or stay back and he committed and kept running! I tried to settle us in behind them but Drayden (Van Dyke on Pulpit’s Express) to my outside kept smooching to his horse so my horse was wanting to ‘go’ and I was trying to stop him from going too soon. Winning Prize is a great horse but the race didn’t materialize the way I wanted it to today”
PHIL D’AMATO, OBVIOUSLY, WINNER: “He (Joe Talamo) let him out a little earlier than last time (in the American Stakes). He was going 1:08, but there were no horses putting pressure on him, so he ran away and hid. This horse is just a special horse.
“Going 1:08 for him, most horses can’t do that, but just not having a horse right on top of him, I think he can do those fractions and keep going like he showed today. We’ll give him a little breather, look for his usual prep down at Del Mar, one race, then maybe another prep at Santa Anita before the Breeders’ Cup (Mile on Nov.1).”
ANTHONY FANTICOLA, CO-OWNER OF OBVIOUSLY: “He obviously doesn’t like horses in front of him! Obviously likes to be in front.”
JOSEPH SCARDINO, CO-OWNER OF OBVIOUSLY: “This means a lot to me ’cause at my age (82), you gotta savor these. I realize how difficult it is to win one of these. You appreciate it more as you get older.”
NOTES: This is D’Amato’s first Grade I win. The winning owners are Anthony Fanticola of Newport Coast and Joe Scardino of Glendora.