VICTOR ESPINOZA, TAP BACK, WINNER: “I wasn’t sure about him. He ran well for me the first time and then didn’t seem the same horse when we ran third. Today when we were warming up on the backside, he felt like he was back to normal, just like the first time I rode him. We got a good break. I didn’t want to go head and head with the speed. When it was time to run, we took off.”
JEFF BONDE, TAP BACK, WINNER: Asked if he expected to be in front:”He’s got a lot of natural speed and we’ve been really working hard to break off behind horses and get him to relax. He was just a little too keen in his early races, and in between them, we had time to really work with him and he responded.
“I just told Victor (Espinoza), ‘Don’t let him do too much early. Try to get him into a rhythm. I know we’re going to be in front; just don’t let him burn himself up.’
“It was a great race.”
KATE BARTON, TAP BACK, WINNER: “I feel great. This means a lot to everyone…our family… our farm…it has taken a lot of years to get here. First stakes win so we are really excited.”
(On future for Tap Back) “We’ll see what Jeff has planned for him. We weren’t exactly sure what to expect today, but we were quite pleased. So, we’ll see how he comes out and then establish a game plan.”
NOTES: The winning owner is Richard Barton.