BRICE BLANC, RIDER OF BERT’S MELODY, WINNER: “Sean’s really done a great job with her. She ran great the other day, but she got a little tired going a mile and one eighth and it set us up for a big race today. She’s relaxing better now and she’s getting a little older and a little smarter.”
SEAN MCCARTHY, BERT’S MELODY, WINNER: “I feel fantastic. With this particular situation it’s an advantage. She has speed, obviously. You know you’re going to go into a race where there’s going to be a lot of speed and good speed on top of that. So, sometimes when you run a longer distance before a race like this, it will cause them to settle and relax a little bit, which is exactly what we did today.
“I knew that Art’s [Sherman] filly was pretty fast and that she was going to be up on the front end and we certainly didn’t want to get into a battle with each other. We were lucky enough that ‘Bert’ is starting to mature quite well and she’s settling down. This is the second race she’s settled like that in so today it worked out super.”
JOHN BARR, OWNER/BREEDER, BERT’S MELODY, WINNER: “You get all kinds of emotions when you watch them win. Brice rides her very well, Sean trains her beautifully and she’s got some talent so, today was the day!
“Well the California incentive program is an outstanding program, probably the best in the nation for an individual state and I’m very proud to have been a director on the CTBA board for a number of years and this is one of the rewards!”
NOTES: The winning Owner/Breeder is John Barr of Oakcrest Stable who resides in Orange, CA.