RAFAEL BEJARNO, BIG JOHN B, SECOND: “He tried really hard. They went so slow early, I couldn’t get him to relax…They were going so slow, I moved a little early but we had every opportunity to win. We were just second best today.”
JOHN SADLER, HARD ACES, WINNER: “We’re very happy. He won one of these 1 ½ miles races at Del Mar last summer (Grade III Cougar II Handicap at Del Mar on Aug. 24), so we know he can get the distance.
“We didn’t really get the trip we wanted in the Big ‘Cap last month but he’s just been a wonderful horse for us. He’s had a lot of seconds and thirds…he’s run against some very good horses.
“We don’t really know what’s next for him. We’ll look and see what comes up. We’ve enjoyed him and we’ll just look for the right spots. I think we’ll look at the race he won last year at Del Mar (Cougar II Handicap) and the Breeders’ Cup Marathon.”
NOTES: Winning owners Kosta and Peter Hronis are from Delano, CA.