JOEL ROSARIO, ENCODER, WINNER: “We had a perfect trip. It looked like those two horses on the lead were running pretty good and I just followed in behind them. John said to let this horse place himself, and that’s what he did. When I asked him, he picked it up really nice.”
JOHN SADLER, ENCODER, WINNER: “He’s been a little unlucky. In the Breeders’ Cup (Juvenile Turf Sprint, finishing sixth two starts back on Nov. 1) he had to check on the backside, he got beat a couple of lengths, turf racing can go like that. Last time Johnny Velazquez said he didn’t have any room in the stretch, it doesn’t show in the chart but he thought (Encoder) was pretty nice he just didn’t have anywhere to go. If John Velazquez tells you that, you tend not to lose confidence and move forward.
“Joel rode his first winner in Southern California for us. I sent a horse to Golden Gate way back in the day and I said, ‘that kid really rode that horse well up there.’ So when he came down we put him on some horses and we had a lot of good luck, we’ve won a lot of titles together at Del Mar and around. He’s just a great rider and continued to improve. He’s a real professional now in the middle of his career and he is doing great.
“I would like to mention Eddie Logan, who this race is named after, he was the shoe shine guy for one hundred years- great guy! So Eddie, I hope you are watching upstairs.”
KOSTA HRONIS, OWNER, ENCODER, WINNER: “Joel rode our first race for us back in 2010. We’re very fortunate to get him anytime we can. He won the Breeders’ Cup (Classic, 2018) for us with Accelerate and he’s just got so much talent. Whenever we can get him to ride, it makes you confident.”
NOTES: The winning owner is Hronis Racing, LLC.