American Pharoah Stakes Quotes – Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018



JOEL ROSARIO, GAME WINNER, WINNER: “He broke well out of there. I just chirped at him a little bit, put him on the outside, and he responded to that really well.

“I wasn’t trying to be too far back and that worked out.

“He’s a very good horse. He kinda just waits for other horses, he’s a one run horse. He stays galloping and kinda waited for some company. He’s an easy horse to ride, I was just a passenger today.”


FLAVIEN PRAT, GUNMETAL GRAY, SECOND: “It was a good run. We had a good trip and he made a nice run down the lane. The winner was just better than us today.”




BOB BAFFERT, GAME WINNER, WINNER: “I can’t take credit for this horse. The Wests (owners Gary and Mary) and their team found this horse and trusted me with him. Clients put their trust in me. I just want to get there (Breeder’s Cup) with a nice healthy horse. This horse tipped us off this summer that he was going to be a good one. He is strong and he still looks a little heavy. It’s exciting to have this horse. These horses sort themselves out. Circumstances dictate who gets there. I had one bullet here and I just want to keep him healthy; I don’t plan to do too much with him before the Breeders Cup. The good ones get there. I was very happy to win the first American Pharoah. Pretty cool and nice of Santa Anita to name a race after him. We had the same groom on this horse as American Pharoah (Eduardo Luna).”


GARY WEST, CO-OWNER, GAME WINNER:  “He came out of the Del Mar Futurity really well. He’d been training well and we thought he’d like two turns. His family all liked a mile and a quarter, but you never know until they do it. I didn’t think he deserved to be that big of a favorite (1-5), but he ran great. We’re looking forward to the Breeders’ Cup for sure…I’ve been in the horse business about 40 years. All days are not like this one.”


JERRY HOLLENDORFER, GUNMETAL GRAY, SECOND: “No excuse for running second. I don’t know yet whether we’ll go to Churchill Downs for the Breeders’ Cup.”


NOTES: The winning owners are Gary and Mary West.


Retired Hall of Fame jockey Julie Krone presents the trophy to owners Gary and Mary West.

Zoe Metz Photography throughout.