VICTOR ESPINOZA, WHO’S UP, Winner: “I’ve been working with this horse since he started training and it’s paid off. He used to get a little bit rank and scared because he got all pumped up, but now he’s coming along very well. I thought he was going to run very big today. I was most afraid of the one (Bridgetown) because he ran second in the Breeders’ Cup. I had to go after that horse on the turn to put some pressure on him.”
GARRETT GOMEZ, BRIDGETOWN, Fourth: “I really don’t know what happened. He relaxed well. He quickened to a certain extent, but when that other horse got up by his head he seemed to collapse on me. When we started to sprint for home, he was done.”
KATHY WALSH, WHO’S UP, Winner: “We probably ran him back too soon at Del Mar. We jumped him into the Futurity just 16 days after he broke his maiden and you just can’t do that with a young horse. I know he’s two-for-two on turf, but I don’t really think he’s strictly a turf horse. When you buy them out of a 2-year-old in training sale, they have one object; they have to push them to go real fast. Fortunately, this horse came around real quick. My boys at the barn, Victor (Espinoza) and Rodriguez (exercise rider) have worked hard to get this horse to relax and they’ve done a great job. I’ve got him so now that he settles and settles and settles, then down the lane he really picks it up.”
NOTES: The win was the fifth in a Hollywood Park stakes race for trainer Kathy Walsh, who earned her first with Mantles Star in the 1997 Generous.
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