VICTOR ESPINOZA, CARRESSA, WINNER: “We didn’t know if she’d handle the turf, so I had two plans. If she broke sharp, I’d go to the lead, but she kind of missed the break, so we sat behind. I wanted to keep her covered up going into the first turn because she was pulling pretty hard. When we turned up the backstretch, I moved her out and dropped my hands and she relaxed. At that point I knew she was handling the turf and I really wasn’t worried about anyone else.”
“We took a shot at the turf. There was really no other place for her to race in, instead of just training her we might as well run her and John (Shirreffs) did the right thing.
“Now she can run in the dirt or the turf so they have many races to run, she’s been impressive and she is on her game. When a horse is getting good and starts winning it’s hard to get beat, they don’t come very often like Carressa that can run on both surfaces.”
JOHN SHIRREFFS, TRAINER OF CARRESSA, WINNER: “I’m really thrilled with her, the way she’s progressed and the way she ran today. I thought the most important thing was when Victor was able to control her there going into the first turn. After that, she settled and really ran well.”
MICHAEL BELLO, MEGAHERTZ, OWNER, WINNER: “To be here it brings back a lot of great memories, (Megahertz) brought so much joy to our family and to watch her race it was just unbelievable, I mean there’s just no other feeling like this.
“She was tough and mean in the morning and she didn’t really want to work out. Alex (Solis) had to sit on her and wait until she was ready to do her job. She had the biggest heart and the biggest kick I have ever seen.
“I’m buying some yearlings right now and I’m with Bob Baffert so we will see what happens. I want to get back in the game.”
NOTES: The winning owners are Mercedes Stables LLC, West Point Thoroughbreds, Scott Dilworth, Dorothy & David Ingordo and Steve Mooney.