GARRETT GOMEZ, DEN’S LEGACY, Winner: I knew this horse would go through wherever I pointed him. He’s pretty handy that way. He was hitting the hole that wasn’t there yet. When the hole opened up, I told him, ‘Let’s go.’ I just didn’t want to go from zero to 100 as fast as I could. I kind of pushed the gas pedal down and he kicked on. I didn’t want to get into him any more than needed. I didn’t think (Rising Legend) could get to me.”
JULIEN LEPAROUX, RISING LEGEND, Second: This horse has a really bright future. He was shuffled back, but that’s how a lot of them run first time in this country. When I asked him to run, he made a big run, just a little too late. He galloped out strongly and I think the more distance, the better.”
DAVID FLORES, SHINING COPPER, Third: It’s funny because he’s fine once he gets into the gate. He just doesn’t want to go in there. I thought he ran well.”
MIKE MARLOW (assistant trainer, Bob Baffert): “I thought he was impressive. When he turned for home and a hole opened up, he was right there quick. He (Gomez) just asked him and he gave him a quick burst. I would guess Bob will keep him on grass. That’s his best, I think. I think today was his most impressive race.”
JOHN SADLER, RISING LEGEND, Second: I told Leparoux not to rush him in his first time back and first time in the United States. He didn’t train like he has a lot of speed, but he’s got a lovely stride and I knew he’d be finishing fast. He got hung out and had to go around, but he ran a really nice race. He has a ton of promise.”
NEIL DRYSDALE, SHINING COPPER, Third: Three days ago in the morning he walked right into the gate. You never know what’s in their heads.”
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