FLAVIEN PRAT, COUNTRY GRAMMER, WINNER: “He ran super well. He broke well and I was able to get myself in a good spot. I was a little bit worried when I saw Mike Smith (aboard Royal Ship) on the outside of me, I wish I could have kept him inside.
“Mike took the lead on me, but my horse was really game to come back.”
BOB BAFFERT, COUNTRY GRAMMER, WINNER: “Elliot Walden and WinStar bought him to bring to California because they figured 1 ¼ mile was his distance.
“His form on the dirt was really good last year. It looked like he was beat today, but he kicked it in. I’m so happy for WinStar Group.
“It’s exciting. He ran a big race last time and just got beat. He was really ready to go today and I think the distance was the key. He got it done with a lot of class and determination.”
NOTES: The winning owner is WinStar Farm LLC.