JOE TALAMO, QUICK CASABLANA, WINNER: “He looked unbelievable today. I was able to work him the other day and he showed me that turn of foot in the morning too, just exploded. All the credit goes to Ron, this is my first time riding him (in a race.)

“I’m always optimistic, no matter what, but he definitely showed me that turn of foot the other morning. I wasn’t real happy with the pace, they were moving a little slow on the front end so I had to move sooner than I wanted. He handled it great though. When I showed him daylight he gave me an explosive kick.”

TYLER BAZE, FIRE WITH FIRE, SECOND: “He’s a nice horse. I kind of had to time it right today and when I did he gave me a hundred and fifty percent! He kicked hard. He had a kick his last time out, in the mile-and-a-half San Luis Rey, but not like today. He really had a turn of foot and it was shocking actually. He ran so good and he tried so hard.”


DAN LANDERS, (McANALLY ASSISTANT), QUICK CASABLANCA, WINNER: “It was a perfect ride. He came up to the race very well. He’s a big horse and we just started over with him after he got here. He had had time off and they sent him to us from Florida. I thought he’d run big but you never know. You have to see what you have first. I’m very happy.”

Notes: Owner Pablo Gomez is from Chile