FLAVIEN PRAT, UNITED, WINNER: “I thought I was second. On my way back I looked at the tote board and there was an inquiry between (Originaire and Rockemperor). I said ‘What, I wasn’t involved in that.’ And (then) I realized I won. That was pretty cool. He was ready today, but this is not the type of race that he likes, he’s better when he has a few horses in front of him and a stronger pace. Those two horses had a better kick. That is not what United likes to do but he ran great today. He’s getting better and better with each race, I think he still improving every race. He’s very cool to be around, he always gives a lot I think it’s really cool.”
RICHARD MANDELLA, UNITED, WINNER: “With everything we’ve been through, this puts the icing on top of the cake as far as getting back to racing here at Santa Anita. Ever since the race was re-named for Charlie, I’ve really wanted to win it. He was such a special man and he meant so much to our game. I’ve had a few seconds, but to win it today really means a lot.”
WAS HE CONCERNED ABOUT POSSIBLY MAKING THE LEAD TOO EARLY? “I was. I’ve seen him do this before and he puts his ears up and waits on horses. It took him a little while to feel those horses coming to him, but when he did, he dug in.”
NOTES: The winning owner is LNJ Foxwoods.