GARY STEVENS, ASHLEYLUVSSUGAR, WINNER: “This was a great race for him. The speed was down on the inside and it set up nicely. He’s better with a horse in front of him. He’s not very big but he’s full of energy, loves his job and he loves Santa Anita.
“I’m excited about the Breeders’ Cup. He’s stepping up in company but he loves a mile and a half. The luxury today was that we didn’t have to win and he’s even better at a mile and a half. This was pretty easy on him and he was looking for even more room to run pulling up.”
PETER EURTON, ASHLEYLUVSSUGAR, WINNER: “This is his kind of track. You gotta think this horse is just full of heart. When he’s healthy like he is right now he’s great. Last year, he was a little body sore and I think the trip back east got to him but when he’s healthy, he’s tough to get by.
“The six hole helped us out a lot, we got to see what was going on to the inside of us. There was a little bumping going on at the beginning so Gary put him out there wide and it was easier for him to relax.”
HOWARD GROSSMAN (Stable Manager for part-owner Sharon Alesia): “He’s probably the most honest horse we’ve ever owned. This horse is one hell of an honest horse.”
NOTES: The winning owners are Sharon Alesia of Carlsbad; Michael Mellen (Bran Jam Stable) of Connecticut; and Joe Ciaglia of Upland.