RAFAEL BEJARANO, BOOZER, WINNER: “I didn’t expect to get the lead too easy. He can run anywhere, but he likes to be up close; one, two or three and he’ll run well. I thought Super Ability would go straight to the lead but he broke a little slow, so I took us straight to the front and was able to sit comfortably. I didn’t have any pressure and from there it was pretty much over. I had plenty of horse in the stretch. Today, he ran really well.”
MIKE SMITH, TAMARANDO, SECOND: ASKED IF THE EARLY PACE SCENARIO SURPRISED HIM: “I was a little surprised I was sitting second, but this horse hasn’t run in a long time and I warmed him up by himself. I took him back and forth a few times across the dirt and he was pretty fresh. I tell you what, he’ll come out of this race and run big next time.”
MARK GLATT, BOOZER, WINNER: “He’s a very good horse. Obviously, the field was a bit depleted with the scratches, so he did kind of get things his way. He got a very easy lead but he did his job. He’s a versatile horse. He runs good down the hill and he won very impressively going a mile and a sixteenth (twice at Del Mar), not against stakes horses yet, but he’s very effective. I think he’ll even run a mile and an eighth if that opportunity ever comes up . . . He’s a good horse and we’ll see where we go from here but we’ll obviously keep him on the grass. We’ll nominate to several stakes and try to pick the spot that looks best.”
NOTES: Winning owners Al and Sandee Kirkwood are from Ridgefield, WA.