MARTIN GARCIA, LORD SIMBA, WINNER: “He ran exactly the way I thought he would. I didn’t want to take his speed away from him, so we pressed that other horse (Kentuckian, who broke from the rail). When I asked him to run, he took off like we just got started.”
BOB BAFFERT, LORD SIMBA, WINNER: “He ran second to one of my other horses and then he came back last time out and won by eight. Anytime you win a maiden race by that much here you know you have something special.
“He’s been training really well and I knew this race was coming up light with no heavy hitters so I didn’t think I needed to wait for an allowance race. With the way he was training we wanted to take a shot and it looks like it was the right choice.
“From Martin’s body language I could tell he was confident the whole way. You never know what they’re going to do when they take the step up in class so it was nice.”
NOTES: Winning owner Susan Chu, of Baoma Corporation resides in North Andover, MA.