TYLER BAZE, BLINGISMYTHING, WINNER: “I won pretty easy, I thought. I watched it again and knew I had the win. She’s just a nice filly. I broke her maiden first time out a couple of years ago at Hollywood. This is my first opportunity to ride her back and so I made the most of it. She’s a nice filly with a big heart.
“It is so nice to win one of these for Eric. I was riding for him all the time when I was at Turf Paradise. I’m pretty sure this is the first stakes I’ve ever won for Eric. And (Ian Kruljac, assistant) Jr. is awesome; we’ve known each other forever. He works so hard; he’s at the barn every day at 4 a.m.”
MARIO GUTIERREZ, SMOOVE IT, SECOND: “I thought I had it. She’s improving a lot and I was hoping to get that kind of race out of her. I thought we had it.”
RAFAEL BEJARANO, BIRDLOVER, THIRD: “My filly broke beautifully. We had an easy pace, 23 and change, 48 and change…it was perfect. The other horses were just flying late and we got beat a head. She ran great, no excuse.”
IAN KRULJAC, SON OF TRAINER ERIC KRULJAC, BLINGISMYTHING, WINNER: “We gave her a nice little breather (before the Las Cienegas), but she was on her toes so we decided to go in and keep firing.”
Any instructions to Tyler Baze? “Never. I thought we had our head down, definitely. I was a little nervous we were caught behind with nowhere to go, but Tyler’s got a good head on him and takes the rail, the shortest way around there.”
NOTES: The winning owner is Joe Masino of Gilbert, AZ, who campaigns as Class Racing Stable.