MARTIN GARCIA, BETTYS BAMBINO, WINNER: “I had a lot of horse when we crossed the dirt; I was really comfortable. I wanted a clean trip. He’s a really big horse and it’s better when I put him to the outside where he can run free; he loves the downhill.
“Last time out he hurt my knee pretty good in the gate but the gate guys have done a really good job with him, they have really helped him. They make him quiet down and he broke clean today.”
PETER EURTON, BETTYS BAMBINO, WINNER: “It’s been a great ride (winning four in a row). We had one little hiccup when he ran on the dirt (fourth last April 25 at Santa Anita) and he didn’t get involved. I blame myself for that, but ever since then, he’s learned how to run.
“I’d like to see him go a one-turn mile down the road. He’s had some issues with tibias, shins, little things like that. The neatest thing about him is he puts himself in a good spot. He could go to the lead any time he wants to, but he saves himself by pacing himself. If the pace is slow, he’ll be on the lead; if it’s fast, he’s able to rate himself without being very far off the lead. He doesn’t have to give away a lot of ground.”
MARTIN JONES, AMBITIOUS BREW, SECOND: “I was proud of him, he ran well. Bettys Bambino is pretty sharp right now and (Ambitious Brew) hasn’t run in a while. He ran a good race, though; he’s a nice horse.”
NOTES: The winning owners are Sharon Alesia of Carlsbad; Michael Mellen (Bran Jam Stable) of Minnesota; and Joe Ciaglia of Upland.