JOE TALAMO, CLUBHOUSE RIDE, WINNER: “We had a great trip. We were a little further back than I thought we would be, but we were in a comfortable spot. He seemed to pick it up a little every eighth of a mile and when I saw Corey (Nakatani) drift out a little into Storm Fighter, I dove in there and he fought ’em off the rest of the way. He ran really nice.”

COREY NAKATANI, FURY KAPCORI, SECOND: “It seems like the track’s been playing to closers today. My horse tried really hard, but speed hasn’t been doing well.”


CRAIG LEWIS, CLUBHOUSE RIDE, WINNER: “This horse is as tough as they come; he’s an alley fighter. He comes to run. His bankroll indicates it. We were a little surprised (the way the pace unfolded) because we thought that (Bruce) Headley’s horse (Storm Fighter) would go and that Fury Kapcori would try to track him.

“It kind of worked out in a different way, but we don’t care how it comes out just as long as we’re victorious. I knew he (Joe Talamo on Clubhouse Ride) had a lot of horse. I was just a little concerned if he was going to find daylight, but Joe’s a great rider and the horse is very game.”

Asked if the Grade I, $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita (June 28) would be next: “It’s a strong likelihood.”

RICK SEIDNER, PART OWNER, CLUBHOUSE RIDE: “It’s very exciting. Joe (Talamo) rode that race absolutely perfectly. It could not have been any better.”

JERRY HOLLENDORFER, FURY KAPCORI, SECOND: “The pace seemed to be not unusual for this level.”

NOTES: The winning owners are Murray Seidner (Six-S Racing Stable) or Nicholas Petralia.