TIAGO PEREIRA, FAST ENOUGH, WINNER: “I was on him the first time and he won easily. I saw that he was nominated for this race, so I told Rafael (Becerra) I wanted to ride him again. I worked him the other day in .59 and he galloped out easily. I knew we had a good chance today. I wanted to be up closer in the first part of the race, but he settled nicely. I saved ground and when the opportunity to make our move on the turn came, he took off and came up on the three (Sacred Rider) for the win.”
RAFAEL BECERRA, FAST ENOUGH, WINNER: “He gave us a great work out, I was very happy about it. We brought him out and he galloped super good, I felt good about it.
“He needed some time off because he had sore shins and he got a little sick, so that gave me more time to develop him. After that he was fine. I think he is going to get better.
“I was confident because I saw no other horses coming. That three horse (Sacred Rider) would not give up. Tiago knew he had the horse, he just had to keep him focused.
“We will see what is next, we will talk it over with the owners and go from there.”
STEVE SPECHT, TRAINER OF SACRED RIDER, SECOND: “He’s just coming into his own. He’s a steady little horse but he’s really improved since we stretched him out. He’ll run on anything dirt, turf or synthetic. Abel rode a great race today. I told him the whole key was, ‘Don’t get pushed down inside and get jammed up behind those horses.’ I thought the one horse (Bettor Trip Nick) would go to the front and I told Abel to stay in three’s path. He ran great and we’re really proud of him.”
CRAIG MARTIN, OWNER/BREEDER FAST ENOUGH, WINNER: “I’ve been the smallest of the small owners. Until recently, I lived in Alaska, but I love Santa Anita. I claimed his dam Brilliant Melody about five years ago for $40,000 and it didn’t work out, but I’ve been able to breed her the last five years. To be able to win a race like this at Santa Anita is beyond description.”
NOTES: The winning owner/breeder is Craig Martin.