UMBERTO RISPOLI, JUST GRAZED ME, WINNER: “This kind of race is always tricky because with five runners, you can expect a lot of speed or you can’t expect speed at all. I knew Gypsy Blu on the outside broke slow, so I was thinking they were going to send her forward and I didn’t want to be in that trap. I saw around the corner that I could track her all the way.
“She’s just very professional. She (gave a lot of weight). She just does enough to win the race.”
PHILIP D’ AMATO, JUST GRAZED ME, WINNER: “She’s one of the barn favorites. She’s my daughter Jessica’s (Pyfer) favorite. She’s very special.
“These Grazens can do anything. They make even me look good.”
NICK ALEXANDER, WINNING OWNER/BREEDER: “She trains at Los Alamitos and I know Phil would’ve preferred to get a Santa Anita work into her, but the timing of the race just didn’t allow it. She hadn’t won in about a year and she had to work for it today. She won the same race last year and she went one second faster, so we’ll give her plenty of time to recover. I had back surgery two weeks ago, but I wouldn’t have missed this for the world.”
NOTES: The winning owner/breeder is Nick Alexander.