JOEL ROSARIO, AN EDDIE SURPRISE, WINNER: “I just tried to break good out of there and save some ground in the last turn and make a great run. When you have a good horse they make your job easy.
“We were very confident, she got out of there not very quick in the beginning. I just let her be where she was and she started getting better going into the last turn, I felt very confident after that.
“I just try to figure out what makes my horse happy and to help them run their best. Yes, I think when they feel comfortable, they perform.”
DOUG O’NEILL, AN EDDIE SURPRISE, WINNER: “I’d like to say thank you to Casey and Carla and all the crew at OBR that bred and took care of this filly and got her to the races. We love her consistency. Prior to the race it looked like such an evenly matched race so you could win or run fifth and run your race. We just got a dream trip by Joel and it worked out perfect.
“We are grateful to have a small string in Dubai thanks to Frank Gabriel, but as nice as Dubai is it’s not even close to Santa Anita, I mean this is the best. We are so blessed to call this home and there’s just nothing better than winning here at The Great Race Place.”
NOTES: The winning owner is Reddam Racing, LLC.