VICTOR ESPINOZA, BLITZKRIEG, WINNER: “When I walked out of the room I was talking to Leandro (Mora) and I asked him, ‘ What do you think?’  He said, ‘I think the only chance we have is just to send him and hopefully I could go wire to wire.’  It was the only chance we had up against these tough horses, it was not an easy race, it was  tough race. He mentioned there was another speed in the race I said, ‘Okay, well Bolo is way out and I’m a little bit closer to the rail so it think I have a better chance to get the lead easier than him.’  It worked out well today. The pace was pretty quick, but he was doing it so easy, for me every time I ride a horse like him with speed, I like to just sit up there and have fun.”


          LEANDRO MORA, ASSISTANT TO DOUG O’NEILL, TRAINER OF BLITZKRIEG, WINNER: “His last work was phenomenal.  He went six furlongs, on his own, in 58 and four (fifths) and galloped out in 1:12.  He worked so good, we were tempted to put him back on the dirt, but we stuck to the plan and I’m glad we did.  I told Victor that with Bolo drawn way outside, let’s go and I think maybe we can steal it.  He’s back, no question.  This is the horse we thought we had all along.”

NOTES: The winning owners are R3 Racing, LLC or Calara Farms.