JORGE VELEZ, WARREN’S SHOWTIME, WINNER: “This filly had worked really good for this race. She went to the rail and finished strong. I’m so excited, this is my first stakes winner in my career. I’ve been here in California nine months and Craig is putting me on horses.
CRAIG A. LEWIS, WARREN’S SHOWTIME, WINNER: “I’m very grateful, luck is on my side. I can’t say I’d knew she’d win but I felt like she was going to be there.
“I said on the radio this morning that this filly had a chance. She got wiped out in her last race at Del Mar and when you lose position early like that on the turf, you have no chance. I just told Jorge that I’d like him to ride her like he rode Blue Skye Jade (a 3-year-old gelding by Clubhouse Ride who ran second from off the pace in a $25,000 claimer at one mile on turf) on Friday. Just be patient and it looked like there was a lot of speed in this race. He’s very patient for a young apprentice, he can really wait. The late, great Bobby Frankel used to say, ‘I’d rather get beat staying inside on the turf than trying to win when you lose ground.’
“We wanted to try and lay up a little bit closer here today to try to stay out of trouble, but she still found some trouble, she got shuffled back a bit, but when she started to run I started to feel pretty good. She’s a real good filly and I’ve loved her from Jump Street. I’m very appreciative that Ben and Sally Warren were willing to breed their grade one winning mare to maybe the up and coming stud of the decade, Clubhouse Ride. He’s phenomenal.
“Clubhouse Ride was a really good horse, but I think he’s going to be a stallion for the history books. People can see that he’s by Candy Ride, but he’s out of Phipps family mare by Seeking Gold and it’s an outstanding family. To make a stallion, you’ve got to get the right mares and I want to thank Ben and Sally Warren for breeding this filly’s dam, Warren’s Veneda to him. She was a Grade I winner and it’s tough to get those kinds of mares.
“Horses make trainers, trainers don’t make horses.
“Jorge is a very good rider, a hard worker, he listens and always gives his best, we are very lucky to have him on our team.”
NOTES: Velez is a 21-year-old native of Puerto Rico.The winning owners are Benjamin C. & Sally Warren who reside in Las Vegas, Nevada.