MIKE SMITH, INDIAN PEAK, WINNER: “He was being a bit strong (in the Paddock), but if you looked at his face he wasn’t in distress or unruly. He was happy, he wanted to get out there. He just wanted to give it to ’em which is a good thing, which I let him do the first quarter of the race then backed it up the second quarter.  He just has such a big, beautiful stride. I talked to the girl who rides him in the mornings and she said to just stay out of his way. So I listened to her.”


QUINN HOWEY, INDIAN PEAK, WINNER:  “I didn’t have the opportunity to talk to Mike before the race, because of the way everything is set up now.  When Mike let him run early there, I was excited, because I’ve been wanting to tell riders to go ahead and let him run, that’s what he likes.  It worked out great and to come to Santa Anita and win a stake like this…I feel really lucky to have the horse first of all.  Just to have a horse like this, is incredible.  When you’ve bee claiming horses for $2,500 to run at Stockton for $4,000, this is really special.”

NOTES: The winning owners/ breeders are Dr. and Mrs. William Gray who reside in Cottonwood, CA.