FERNANDO PEREZ, PATRIOTS RULE, WINNER: “The turf is a little wet today; he didn’t handle it great at first. He likes to close and he finishes well, though, so I wasn’t worried. He doesn’t like to be inside. In his last race he was on the inside and was fighting the whole time but today I had a really good trip and he fired.”




            ROBERTINO DIODORO, PATRIOTS RULE, WINNER: “My assistant (Sean Williams) said the horse has had a couple of rough trips and last time he needed the start, definitely, off the layoff. He’s a horse that doesn’t like to run on the inside of horses, either.

“I know a lot of guys have been on me and Sean to change riders and stuff, because when you look at a lot of his replays you can point the finger at the rider and say what the heck’s he doing, but it’s the way the horse is. Fernando (Perez) has done a great job . . . He’s not that big of a horse, but he’s got the right attitude. He doesn’t want to run inside of horses. The big thing with him is to get a little pace to run at and get a clear trip. He was in the clear down the backside and running comfortably. This is probably the first time I’ve won a stakes and didn’t holler. I never said a word the whole race.”


NOTES: Winning owner Charles Garvey is from Alberta, Canada.