KENT DESORMEAUX, BLUE TONE, WINNER: “He broke horribly today and I didn’t know if he had anything left at the half-mile pole. I absolutely nursed him to the quarter pole and he showed all the class that he has and held them at bay.
“Not for nothing but he must be a mudder. He won’t step in a puddle on the road out to the racetrack in the mornings, but I walked him out onto the track today and he was paddling in it, like a child in the mud. He was like a little kid. He was enjoying himself.”
BOB HESS, JR., TRAINER OF BLUE TONE, WINNER: “It was apparent there wasn’t any pace in the race. The other day when he stumbled (out of the gate when finishing fourth in the Grade III Native Diver Handicap Nov. 27), we couldn’t have beaten the winner, but I thought we could’ve been second. He’s a big lumbering horse and when he’s able to run like this, he’s a lot better. We’ve got some money now, so we’re going to run next at Gulfstream in the Poseidon on Jan. 28. It’s $400,000 and we’re going to take a shot.”
NOTES: The winning owners are Schroeder Farms, LLC of Corona Del Mar, CA, Beverly Engelberg and Jan Steeper.