VICTOR ESPINOZA, FLAGSTAFF, WINNER: (On Flagstaff’s finish) “Excellent. He ran a big race and he fought all the way to the wire. He definitely didn’t want to get beat today.”
(On the trip) “It was great. It worked out well. For a minute I thought it was going to be a little complicated. Then the horse in the front kind of split up so I had a little more of a chance to control there.
“It worked out good today. We want to get this horse better. John (Sadler), the trainer, is an excellent trainer. He knows how to prepare this horse for the best.
“I feel great. I’m ready to roll again.”
JOHN SADLER, FLAGSTAFF, WINNER: “What a great start – can I count this as a Breeders’ Cup win? I’ll count it for the day.”
(He’s five and is lightly raced. Why?): “He’s had all kinds of stuff – he had colic at three, and he had been injured several times. When he runs, he’s a really nice horse. He’s Game Winner’s older brother, so we’ve always thought he was a good horse, but had just had things not go right for him. He looks the soundest he’s ever been and is doing really well, so we’re excited.”
BOB BAFFERT, ROADSTER, TRAINER SECOND PLACE: “I’m happy with the effort. It was a shame we had to check on the back stretch. He certainly wants to go long.”
NOTES: The winning owners is Lane’s End Racing or Hronis Racing LLC.