RICARDO GONZALEZ, ELM DRIVE, WINNER: “I’ve been working her, and we knew she was going to be a little sharp, so the main thing for her was to get a breather in between. She broke really fast, so I just took the lead and I let her settle a little bit. Once she went :46 at the half I knew the race was over, she just flew home after that. When we passed the gap at the (top of the stretch) she kind of pricked her ears and then relaxed a little bit. I knew I had it then.”
PHIL D’ AMATO, ELM DRIVE, WINNER: “She broke sharp and just showed she was in command every step of the way and had a little extra to kick away in the stretch. I’m very happy with her comeback. It’s a tricky distance to win off the bench and I’m glad we did it. I think she’ll get a lot out of this race.”
GARY FENTON, LITTLE RED FEATHER RACING, ELM DRIVE, WINNER: “We are super, super happy. After what happened after the Sorrento (Aug. 6 at Del Mar) it was a little disappointing. We thought she needed a break, so we gave it to her and clearly the plan seemed to work today.
“It is amazing to see the people here it really livens up with a few folks in the stands. It is awesome to see.”
NOTES: The winning owner is Little Red Feather Racing.