JOE TALAMO, HOME RUN KITTEN, WINNER: “He’s a horse that’s better when you put a little pace in front of him. We were disappointed with his last out in the Del Mar Derby because he was training so well. They went pretty slow up front that day, though. I was talking with Dave (trainer, Hofmans) and we feel he’s best at a mile or less. He has a tremendous turn of foot and every time he runs (in shorter distances) he really shows it.
“I thought we won. I had so much horse the whole race. We were pretty far back but I knew they were going pretty quick up front but when I got him to the outside he just had that turn of foot. Inside the sixteenth pole, I knew he was running but I didn’t know if we would get there but then I could feel we got a head in front. It was a fun race. The track feels great.”
MIKE SMITH, AMBITIOUS BREW, SECOND: “He ran brilliant. I hit the front just a bit too soon for him. He really tends to wait but I couldn’t do a whole lot about it. He was a bit rushed today. I kept trying to stick him in behind and wait, and wait and wait; then, we came to a point where we were at the dirt and it’s basically time to go. I realized I was going to hit it too soon, but I couldn’t do a lot about it at that point. And it cost him the race because he pulled up when we hit the front. That horse (Home Run Kitten) came and nailed me.”
DAVID HOFMANS, HOME RUN KITTEN, WINNER: Asked about coming off the mile and an eighth, Grade II, Del Mar Derby Aug. 31 on grass to about 6 ½ furlongs on turf: “I think he’s a come-from-behind sprinter, myself. We tried to get into the game wrong with 3-year-olds hoping we could do something like the Triple Crown, but I think a mile and an eighth is too far.
“A mile, 6 ½, seven is perfect for him, if those races come up.” Noted he had a perfect trip to get up: “It didn’t look like it at first but it sure did at the end. He’s done this before. If you looked at one of his other races, he looked hopelessly beaten at the eighth pole.”
Asked about the Grade I, $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint on Nov. 1: “We won it in 2008 with Desert Code for the same owner. We might do the same thing. He paid 80 bucks that day. This horse might pay 40.”
Any instructions to Talamo? “He knows him. I never said two words to him.”
EDDIE DELAHOUSSAYE: Told it looked like an “Eddie D. finish,” he said, “It looked like it. That was great. It reminded me of the old days. I wish it was me.”
MARTY JONES, AMBITIOUS BREW, SECOND: “He hadn’t been out in a long time and that might have cost him. It’s good to get him back going in the right direction.”
Asked about the BC Turf Sprint: “We haven’t ruled it out. We’ll see how he comes out of this.”
NOTES: The winning trophy was presented by retired Hall of Fame riding great Eddie Delahoussaye, for whom the race is named. The winning owner is Susan Osborne of Glendale, CA, who races as Tarabilla Farms, Inc.