JOE TALAMO, HOME RUN KITTEN, WINNER: “This horse has so much confidence, he works so well in the mornings and Dave always keeps him fresh so I just tried to be a good pilot today.
“The track feels good. It feels great when you win. It’s easy to run on, it’s pretty versatile and you can kind of do what you want out there.
“He’s done an unbelievable job training this horse. ‘You’re my man Dave!'”
DAVID HOFMANS, HOME RUN KITTEN, WINNER: “He had a slight temperature the day we were supposed to ship him (to the San Francisco Mile up at Golden Gate) and with this race coming up, we didn’t want to take a chance. We thought we’d run him here and we didn’t want to miss the opportunity in case he got up there and he got sick.
“We had decided to run anyway (even when the race came off the turf) because Joe has been after me for years now to run him on the dirt. We thought we’d give him a shot in here even if it came off the dirt.
“He overcame my training. I was lost with him. His last two or three races were SO uncharacteristic and I was totally lost. I had no reason whatsoever. I even gave him time off, gave him a few months off, turned him out because we campaigned him so hard and he came back super and stronger but just ran like hell.
“We were lost and I came into this race like ‘who’s going to show up today?’ Let’s hope he’s back on track because he’s a nice horse, real nice horse.”
NOTES: The winning owner is Susan Osborne of Glendale, CA, who races as Tarabilla Farms, Inc.