KENT DESORMEAUX, PUBILIUS SYRUS, WINNER: “Valdimir just told me to win before the race. I was a bit baffled last out and had a bit of trouble keeping up with the field in the mile race, in his previous start.
“What a tutelage job by Mr. Cerin today. He was sitting right behind the leaders, just cruising with tons of speed to spare. Quite honestly I think I got to the lead too quick today.
“There wasn’t a (mile) race for him for another three weeks and he was tearing down his stall so he needed something to do.”
VLADIMIR CERIN, PUBILIUS SYRUS, WINNER: “We really think he’s a mile and a quarter horse or longer, and if he can win at this distance, so much the better. I’ve always had success with Kent (Desormeaux). When he’s on, he’s hard to beat. I don’t give him instructions. I used to give him instructions 20 years ago, but I’ve matured since.
“I just didn’t want to train him into the Pasadena (Stakes, $200,000 at one mile on turf for three-year-olds on March 17), so that’s our next race. The summer’s long and the races are longer.”
NOTES: The winning owners are Holly and David Wilson.