COREY NAKATANI, INORDINATE, WINNER: “That was a dream come true, ever since I started riding. This is the first time I’ve ever won the San Juan Capistrano. I’ve always wanted to win it though, from the first days of watching it to the days when I rode for Bobby Frankel. I learned so much from Bobby. It’s a dream come true to win it.
“I always feel confident going into a race, whether we’re good enough to win it or not. I always had a lot of faith in this horse. The way Richard has prepared him coming into this race, and (assistant) David (Meah) and the whole team over there, they make my job easy.
“We experimented by putting blinkers on him last time and he was more forwardly placed. It got him to the point where he was training forwardly as well, so the purpose was there, and was right, it just didn’t work out in his last race.”
RAFAEL BEJARANO, SYNTAX, SECOND: “He tried hard. When there was contact, I thought my horse shifted a little bit . . . We were second-best today.”
RICHARD BALTAS, TRAINER INORDINATE, WINNER: “I don’t know why I put the blinkers on last time. We took ’em off today and got a great ride. I thought the top two horses both ran big races. The cheap speed went and these two decided it. It was a helluva race.”
NOTES: The winning owners are Julia and Michael Dowell who campaign as Paymaster Racing, LLC.