ABEL CEDILLO, RIVER BOYNE, WINNER: “We were able to split horses there turning for home and we got lucky. The horse to my outside was tired and he drifted (out) a little and we got through. Jeff told me to warm him up good and put him close to the lead and he was pulling the whole way.”
JEFF MULLINS, RIVER BOYNE, WINNER: “He’s a game horse. Since he turned four, things have been a bit tougher for him he’s had some troubled trips. He needed this. I just told Abel, get him up close and just save ground. See if you can split horses at the top of the stretch. He got it done. We got a little class relief today and I’ve been lucky with this jock. He’s ridden three horses for me and we’ve won all three.
“He’s not the kind of horse to run off. He needed to be in contention and not give him a lot to do. Today Abel had him sitting in a good spot and it looked like he had a lot of energy so when he split horses he got it done.”
TIM COHEN, PART OWNER, RIVER BOYNE, WINNER: “He’s had a lot of bad luck a few troubled trips and ground that he didn’t particularly like. Especially last time out in Phoenix (Ran third in the Cotton Fitzsimmons Mile Handicap, Jan. 11). I’m just so happy for him because he is such a competitor and he deserves to win and he did. I’m so happy for the horse.
“We have a really good team of people that we work with and my father is a big part of that process. We have been lucky and that’s what you need to be.”
NOTES: The winning owners are Red Baron’s Barn LLC or Rancho Temescal LLC.