KENT DESORMEAUX, RYE, WINNER: “It was very eventful. The horse in front of me almost fell at the three-eighths pole. I was enjoying the ride. I felt like I couldn’t lose. This little guy had to show some guts and determination. He gave it his all.”
FLAVIEN PRAT, CAMINO DEL PARAISO, SECOND: “At the three eighths pole, he switched leads and ducked in, so I had to take a hold of him…It cost me the race.”
WILLIAM MOREY: “I wasn’t sure he got up, but I had to watch the slow-mo replay, and then I knew we got up. Then they hang up an inquiry, but that (activity) was behind us. This was the first horse that really got Kent Desormeaux and me together, a year and a half ago at Del Mar. He rode him on opening day and he won a Cal-bred first condition allowance, came from last and charged home. That gave Kent confidence in me and me confidence in him and we’ve been a good team ever since.
“This is my biggest win purse money-wise and I think we’re nine for 14 here (at the Winter Meet, which is correct). It’s amazing, but I’m at a little advantage where I can pick and choose and only bring my best horses here (from the Bay Area). You still have to have a lot of luck to have a streak like this. We had pointed to this race for six months, so now we have to regroup (for the next race).”
NOTES: The winning owner is the Joseph P. Morey Jr. Revocable Trust.