MARIO GUTIERREZ, LAKERBALL, WINNER: “The big key was getting over to the rail going into the first turn. From there, she was happy and she ran really game.”
DRAYDEN VAN DYKE, SUMMERING, THIRD AS THE HEAVY FAVORITE: “I thought I was gonna be able to angle out there in the lane, but she was kinda leaning in with me and I couldn’t get her out. Other than that, I thought we had a good trip.”
DOUG O’NEILL, TRAINER, LAKERBALL: “We talked in the paddock and it looked like Proctor’s horse (Summering) was the speed and we thought maybe we’d be sitting just off of her. As it turned out, Van Dyke didn’t go, Mario took the lead, was able to save ground and it worked out. It’s great to get the first win for this stud, Lakerville, and we’re happy to have Janie Buss as part-owner. Her sister, Jeannie, is on TV all the time, but Janie does all the charity work for the Lakers and it’s great to have her as a part of this. She races as Purple Rein Racing.”
NOTES: The winning owners are Pappas Racing, Purple Rein Racing and Tom R. Roberts.