DRAYDEN VAN DYKE, CONQUEST TSUNAMI, WINNER: “My first time on him. Pete said to try and make the lead. I watched film and know that last time on the hill, Cistron, Sadler’s horse went ding-dong with him on the lead and they went a little faster than I did today.
“Today I was able to get an easy lead, well not necessarily easy, but when he’s able to be alone he relaxes better, puts his ears up, and then he kicks on better. So I followed instructions and it worked out pretty well today.”
PETER MILLER, CONQUEST TSUNAMI, WINNER: “His time was awfully fast! He liked that one week turn around. He was doing so well, Gary Barber and I we’re not afraid to do that with the right horse, right situation, and sound horse.
“If (the horse) has lots of energy and feels good, let’s go!
“He’s gotten the short end of the stick with Stormy Liberal (Churchill Downs Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint Gr. 1) a few times and then he got hooked by Roy H (Santa Anita Palos Verdes Stakes Gr. 2) last week, so it was nice to find him in some better company.
“Incredible(His feeling on collecting two Eclipse awards), words don’t really describe the feeling, it’s a dream come true and I know it will never happen again so I’m just trying to enjoy it and see if we can keep them going another year or so.
BREEDERS CUP AT SANTA ANITA: “Definitely, that helps they (Stormy Liberal & Roy H) both love Santa Anita, as I do, so it definitely helps us having the home field advantage and try for the “three-peat”.
NOTES: The winning owner is Gary Barber who resides in Los Angeles, CA