UMBERTO RISPOLI, GALILEAN, WINNER: “I was a little bit in trouble at the top of the stretch when Baja Sur came out but then opened the gap on the inside. Unfortunately, my horse didn’t want to switch leads and he was hanging in all the way. I was obligated to just ride it with him and to try to make him as straight as I can but he’s a huge horse. I got it because he was the better horse in the race.
“He’s the kind of horse that is versatile. I think he can do dirt and grass. John (Sadler) is smart he saw it wasn’t the toughest race and he took a chance to place him inside. He put the blinkers on which helps. He’s a tricky horse he couldn’t win it any more easily than he did today.”
JOHN SADLER, TRAINER, GALILEAN, WINNER: “He’s a really good horse. This is the third stakes we’ve won with him and he’s won six overall now. He’s got so much class. We changed things up today, running short, but we added blinkers and as you could see, he’s got a ton of natural speed. Long range, it’s exciting because these Uncle Mo’s are doing so well at stud and that’s very encouraging for him. We’re excited about the new turf chute here at Santa Anita and we’ll look at running him in a stake going six and half (furlongs) this winter. We’ll probably stick with the state-bred program, there’s just so much money there.”
NOTES: The winning owners are West Point Thoroughbreds, Denise Barker, William Sandbrook, John Magnier, Michael B. Tabor & Derrick Smith.