PACO LOPEZ, ROH H, WINNER: “Peter told me he’d like me to be third or fourth early. He’s like a machine. You could see going to the three eighths, he was just cruising. He loves to run and I had a whole lotta horse the whole way. He definitely ran as good today as he did in the Breeders’ Cup. He was just incredible.
“He’s a machine bullet that horse. Today he jogged unbelievable like always, and he’s great, it’s a was little into the race and I thought he was going too fast today, he’s like a machine, he was flying that horse today.
“It’s such a pleasure to be here at Santa Anita.”
PETER MILLER, ROH H, WINNER: “He’s a pros pro and you know he’s a Lebron James of sprinters.
“We’re gonna try Dubai again hopefully we can get it right this time. In the words of Chick Hearn, ‘He’s as cool as the other side of the pillow,’ so nothing bothers him, me on the other hand I don’t ship so well, but he’s an unbelievable horse and I just thank Gary and Amy for allowing me to train him.
“He’s something else, he’s a thing of beauty. Watching the race, I was not happy with Paco, because I thought he was too close, but he knew better. He’s a machine and I’m running out of superlatives.”
DID ROY H RUN AS WELL TODAY AS HE DID IN THE BREEDERS’ CUP? “The track’s been playing (slow) and he was just cruising…He runs today in 1:08 and four (fifths)…I hope he didn’t run too fast. There’s two big sprint races every year, Dubai and the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (at Santa Anita Nov. 2). Those are the two we’re running in.”
GARY HARTUNIAN (ROCKINGHAM RANCH), ROY H, WINNER: “I gotta start working out with Roy because he’s running circles around all of us here. You know I thought he might set a track record today the way he looked yesterday. You know he just found a perfect match, Pete Miller is a great sprint trainer and Roy H may go down as one of the better sprinters ever.
“Win, end of the story, we never even had the other conversation, were out here to win, that’s it. You guys do a great job and Santa Anita is one of the greatest places you can come.”
NOTES: The winning owner is Rockingham Ranch and David A. Bernsen LLC.