TIAGO PEREIRA, FASHIONABLY FAST, WINNER: “Our plan was to stay just behind the one horse (Baja Sur) and then push on the outside when we came for home. I switched the whip in the stretch and when the horse came outside of us, he really responded. I worked this horse the other day and he worked very fast. I love this horse (Fashionably Fast has won five in a row).”
DEAN PEDERSON, FASHIONABLY FAST, WINNER: “It was great. I left it up to Tiago (Pereira). I told him not to concede enough to Baja Sur and keep the pressure on him. I don’t know if that is his ideal running style but you gotta ride to win. That was the game plan we had come up with. I kind of left it in his hands. The horse was just game as can be coming down the stretch.
“The horse has done so much for us, how can you be disappointed in anything he does? We are just very thankful to be in this position and for the opportunity to have this horse. You can’t train for better owners.”
JOHN HARRIS, COALINGA, CA, OWNER/BREEDER FASHIONABLY FAST, WINNER: “At about the eighth pole, I thought maybe we were in deep water, but he kept going. We always want to win, but it’s particularly fun to win with a homebred. And it’s fun to win this race which was named for my good friend Don Valpredo. To be here today, with people like this, is special.”
NOTES: The winning owners are Harris Farms, Inc., Per Antonsen and John Nicoletti.