RAFAEL BEJARANO, WILD DUDE, WINNER: “I had a very good trip. I knew that (Subtle Indian) would go to the lead. I thought other horses would go with him too, so I just took my time. I knew my horse would show me a big kick but I had to make sure by the three-eighths pole that I had enough room. I let him go in the stretch, had a clean trip and my horse won.”
RAMON VAZQUEZ, SUBTLE INDIAN, SECOND: ”I think (Subtle Indian) ran a good race today. He never quits and he tries really hard. I think he is better at six furlongs. Today, at six and a half he had to go a little more. In this case, the other horse just ran better than mine. I think he has potential to be better in the future. I’ve ridden this horse four times and he keeps getting better.”
JERRY HOLLENDORFER, WILD DUDE, WINNER: “We gave this horse a little time, and he’s been training really well. I thought he would run a heck of a race. I didn’t know if the number one post would hurt him, but he got real lucky and got through, so that was what won the race for him. He’s a real nice horse. He’s a millionaire now, and we’re very proud of him.”
ROBERTINO DIODORO, SUBTLE INDIAN, SECOND: “Yeah, he ran tough. I thought he showed a lot of guts today. At the top of the lane it looked like they might run right over him. He ran a tough race.
“Ramon gets along with him and he’s a good rider so, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. He’s been on a winning streak with him, so why change rider’s right?
“We’ll give him a few day then start making a plan. We don’t think he’s going anywhere. We’ll keep him here for now.”
Notes: The winning owners are Jerry Hollerndorfer of Richmond, CA and Green Smith, Jr.