MIKE SMITH, BOLO, WINNER: “It’s his first race back (in seven months) and it’s his first time wearing a rubber bit. I had a bit of trouble. He’s so strong; it’s like pulling on the barn. If you give him daylight, he’ll just run off with me, which he’s done before.
“Carla and her crew are wonderful. He had a breathing problem and they’ve taken care of that. They got him to this race and he just ran dynamite. I’m happy he ran the way he did today.
“I thought I had a good shot through the lane. When Graham Motion’s horse came up on the outside of us, it was like Talladega Nights, time to ‘Shake ‘n’ Bake baby!’ He helped me push by What a View.”
TYLER BAZE, WHAT A VIEW, SECOND: “I can’t beat Smith! What a View ran good, really good. I’m just tired of getting beat by Smith today.
“I thought I had it once I fought off Conquest Enforcer, which I thought was the horse to beat. He came head to head with my horse and my horse dug in hard. Especially that last sixteenth of a mile. I thought, ‘Good. We’re home free!’ Then Bolo…it’s frustrating.
“If Bolo was closer to us, and my horse saw him coming, we might have won. He would have dug back in. He wouldn’t have let that horse go by. He’s a nice horse to ride.”
KEITH BRACKPOOL ON BEHALF OF GOLDEN PEGASUS RACING, INC., CO-OWNERS OF BOLO, WINNER: “He’s something else, this horse. Carla and I were saying, ‘Get third, get third,’ then, “Get second, get second.’ I didn’t think we had won until I saw the replay – amazing. We’ll take a look at the Kilroe (Grade I, mile on turf, March 11) next.”
NOTES: The winning owners are Golden Pegasus Racing, Inc. and E.I. Mack, LLC.