GRADE I, $500,000 SHOEMAKER MILE
__GRADE I, $500,000 SHOEMAKER MILE __
JUAN HERNANDEZ, EXAULTED, WINNER: “This horse has been improving every race. He is always in a good position. He broke really sharp today and I took him back. At the three eighths, I asked him to pick it up and it was time to go. I passed a horse to get the lead and he didn’t let other horses pass him. Peter Eurton has done a really good job with this horse. This horse really loves the turf, so maybe the turf has been the difference.”
PETER EURTON, EXAULTED, WINNER: “I’m just so happy, so pleased to do it for (Lee Searing). This is the kind of race you want to win ever since you’re a kid. I knew Bill (Shoemaker), we played golf with my father-in-law. Those two things together make it a great day.”
ON THE BREEDERS’ CUP BEING AT SANTA ANITA THIS YEAR: “I’ve never done any good anywhere else, so I’m glad it’s here.”
LEE SEARING, EXAULTED, WINNER: “(Peter) looks like a genius. To take the horse off the dirt and put him on the grass and win four in a row. I’m feeling awful good, winning the Shoemaker Mile is pretty fun. You talk about this race, the Gamely, the Santa Anita Handicap, the Hollywood Gold Cup you’re talking about races I’d love to win.”
NOTES: The winning owner is C R K Stable, LLC.