FLAVIEN PRAT, BOLO, WINNER: “We had a good race today. The pace was perfect for him and he got to run a great distance for him.
“You have to be closer on the turf the way it’s playing so it worked out well. I knew the pace was already fast but I had to get out and go (when Om came up to Bolo’s outside on the far turn) because Obviously was still in front of me. When I came up next to Obviously, he picked it back up and I was a bit scared but I knew Bolo can get the distance and in the end, Obviously came back to us.”
MIKE SMITH, OBVIOUSLY, SECOND: “He settled great and he ran really well. They went in thirty-three to beat us; that’s pretty impressive. I wouldn’t say this track favors speed but . . . He just got run down today.”
CARLA GAINES, BOLO, WINNER: “The horse had a terrific trip. All I told Flavien was to let him break and find his place in the race. I felt he’d be sitting right behind the leaders and he would still have a kick home. That’s exactly what happened. I’m just so thrilled. I expected him to be fairly close to the speed, so 22, 45, those were quick fractions and I just kept thinking, ‘Oh, please don’t get tired.’ Did I think he was going to there? I’m not sure. I was screaming very loud.”
KEITH BRACKPOOL, PART OWNER: “I’m very proud of the horse and very proud of Carla. She did an amazing job. I couldn’t watch at the end. I couldn’t watch but it was unbelievable. Carla did just an incredible training job, incredible. Her patience over a seven-month period drives me crazy, but then in one day, it all comes together.”
When asked if a surface switch to the Santa Anita Handicap on March 12 was possible: “The only thing I’m considering after this race is a trip to the bar and getting a drink (kiddingly). (Seriously) It seems like every other horse I hear about is being considered for Dubai . . . So we’ve got lots of options.”
NOTES: Gaines indicated options for Bolo’s next race would be the Grade I, $400,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile on grass March 12, and the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap at 1 ¼ miles on the main track the same day. The winning owners are Keith Brackpool of Manhattan Beach who campaigns as Golden Pegasus Racing, Inc., and Earle I. Mack of Fort Lee, NJ.