MARTIN GARCIA, SHEER PLEASURE, WINNER: “She has a lot of speed, you can put her wherever you want to. I was pretty lucky to be able to ride her again today. They didn’t give me any instructions because I know her well, so I took advantage of that fact. She’s a great filly.”


            RAFAEL BEJARANO, KISS AT MIDNIGHT, SECOND: “No excuses. We had a good trip and she made one run. The winner got lucky today.”


EDWIN MALDONADO, SWISSARELLA, THIRD: “She ran huge, it was a tough race for her but we thought she had a shot to win. She needs to be in front and that was the key. She needed to be in front today and I’m happy with the way she ran. We got beat by a good horse.”




PHIL D’AMATO, SHEER PLEASURE, WINNER: “Martin got good position on the first turn. That’s what won the race. He kind of just stalked the pace on the backside, waited till the end there, and she just proved best.”


BILLY KOCH, RED FEATHER RACING: “The Cal-bred program is so rewarding. We know how hard it is to win and this filly is very special. I get choked up when I talk about her. She won two stakes last year and then had terrible trips to start off this year . . . Her last race was more like her, and then today, to win a stake like this, it means everything to the Little Red Feather Racing owners. We have 15 to 20 partners, and we’re also co-owners with Ron McMackin of RM Racing (from Sherman Oaks).”