RAFAEL BEJARANO, WILD DUDE, WINNER: “He’s been training so good coming into this race. I thought El Nino Terrible would go to the lead and Blues Blaster as well. When I saw them go to the lead, I took a position and I didn’t have any pressure from the outside. I just picked my spot and I went from there. I was close to the pace and he normally doesn’t like that but he proved he can do it today.
“By the three-eighths I took off; when I felt pressure from Conquest Two Step, I took off.”
GARY STEVENS, KOBE’S BACK, SECOND: “Pete did a heck of a job with him. He wasn’t even blowing after the race. He was dead fit after the layoff. Super job by him. Kobe ran great; he’s back. I lost a lot of ground around the turn. I didn’t really have a choice; I was behind and to the outside of Conquest Two Step and Wild Dude was down inside of him. I didn’t have any choice but to be where I was. Unfortunately, we lost more ground than what I got beat by, but I’m really happy with him.”
JOE TALAMO, CONQUEST TWO STEP, THIRD: “We had a perfect trip. I was lying right outside with some slow fractions, and just got out-run today. I was lying in the perfect spot right outside, and I came to the winner at the top of the lane and just didn’t get there.”
JERRY HOLLENDORFER, WILD DUDE, WINNER: “I didn’t think we’d be that close early, but the horse broke real well and I’m glad Rafael (Bejarano) went on with him. He was in between horses; I was a little worried about that, but turning for home it seemed like he still had a lot left and he opened up on them, and opened up a little more and held off a great, big, gaining gray horse (Kobe’s Back).”
NOTES: The winning owners are Jerry Hollendorfer of Point Richmond, CA, and Green Smith Jr. of Bryan, Texas.