MARTIN GARCIA, SKY KINGDOM, WINNER: “They gave him a break but he runs well after some time off. He loves this track and he loves this distance; the farther the better for him. He has a long stride and these longer races just make him happy.”
GARY STEVENS, FAVORED BRONZO, THIRD: “They went really slow early. Maybe I should have let him dance away from there for the first quarter mile. He went to sleep on me and I couldn’t wake him up.”
JIM BARNES, ASSISTANT TO BOB BAFFERT, SKY KINGDOM, WINNER: “He hadn’t run since the mile and three-quarters race on Breeders’ Cup day, but it was a ridiculous pace that day, because they went so fast early. This horse runs well fresh and this was a good spot for him. They had sensible fractions and that was good.
“The final time was good; they picked it up, and Martin (Garcia) had to move on him a little early passing the five and four-and-half (marker), he started letting him run. He did an excellent job riding him and we couldn’t be happier.”
NOTES: The winning owners are Scott and Joe Ford of Little Rock, Arkansas, who race as Westrock Stables, LLC.