FLAVIEN PRAT, AVANTI BELLO, WINNER: “We had a good trip. The first part of the race, we didn’t go that fast which is good for (Avanti Bello.) He doesn’t have a lot of speed the first part, but he needs to be right there at the end. With not a lot of speed I didn’t have to rush him.
“He ran well as always. He tries hard and the Cal-bred racing is some of the best around, the distance races.”
LEANDRO MORA, ASSISTANT TO DOUG O’NEILL, AVANTI BELLO, WINNER: “He won this race last year so he’s a repeat winner. He shows a lot of heart.
“Flavien knows this horse very well. Flavien knows that he has a kick, but not a super kick. He knows you have to time it right. He’s a miler, for sure.”
NOTES: The winning owners are Steve Keh of Glendale, CA, Jim Richardson of Danville, CA, Pablo Suarez of Valencia, CA, Tom Roberts of Corona, CA and Wonderland Racing Stables of Orange, Connecticut.