RUBEN FUENTES, LIL MILO, WINNER: “We had a perfect trip. I was behind those two speed horses (What’sontheagenda & Bay Muzik) and I thought the seven (Bay Muzik) would stop, so I waited until we turned for home and then we angled out. When I asked him, he took off and he was gone. It’s great to ride for Alfredo. He’s a great guy and he’s a great trainer.”
ALFREDO MARQUEZ, LIL MILO, WINNER: “This horse has been so unlucky in some of his races. Ruben was patient and he rode him great. I like the way he settled today and that’s a big credit to Ruben. He got him to relax and then finish, so it went perfect.
“I have never given up on this horse, when he was a baby before he was racing I told Jack (Weinstein) this is going to be something different. Something special. I knew it watching him breeze a bit at San Luis Rey Downs, I told the rider to stop on him and they did. They gave him the time and now it paid off.”
DR. JACK WEINSTEIN, OWNER, LIL MILO, WINNER: “I’ve been doing this for about 20 to 25 years. This horse’s dam was injured foaling him, and we’ve got her turned out. She was the best horse I’ve ever had and that’s why we bred her. Alfredo told me from the beginning that (Lil Milo) was a nice horse. It’s great to win!
“Alfredo is a true horsemen, he loves the animal.”
NOTES: The winning owners are Dr. Jack Weinstein and Robert Cannon.