GARY STEVENS, ENTERPRISING, WINNER: “He had no clue what he was doing in the beginning. I told Tom (Proctor) he might be like that, but the light turned on at about the eighth pole and he started sprinting. The transition from his first start to today . . . I’ve never had a horse turn the corner like that. I think something and he just does it. He’s got a great mind. He’s gonna have a good year, knock on wood!
“I knew Eddie (Logan). I’ve known him since I was 16 years old.”
COREY NAKATANI, ROYAL BANKER, SECOND: “That’s a pretty nice colt that just beat us is all. If my colt keeps learning . . . he’s still real green right now. He ran a great second though. Tip my hat to the winners, they rode a great race. The pace didn’t develop like I thought it would, so it was much slower than I anticipated. If my horse had more speed to run at I think he would have done better.”
TOM PROCTOR, ENTERPRISING, WINNER: “I thought the eight (Royal Banker) kind of ducked out a little bit (into Enterprising), but that’s OK. When you’re trying to win, they can do that.
“Gary gave him a smart ride, had him in the right position and in the clear when it counted. I don’t know what might be next for him. I really hadn’t paid much attention, but I’m tickled to win this, because Eddie Logan was special. He was the best executive in racing. He knew more than most.”
SIMON CALLAGHAN, CRAFTSMAN, 3-2 FAVORITE, FIFTH: “It was his first time (in the U.S.). He missed the break, he got a long way back off a slow pace . . . He’ll improve a lot.”
NOTES: The race is named for Eddie Logan, Santa Anita’s iconic shoe shine attendant, who worked at The Great Race Place since opening day, Dec. 25, 1934, until just prior to his death at 98 on Jan. 31, 2009.
Winning owner Leonard Lavin, who races as Glen Hill Farm, is from Ocala, FL.