RAFAEL BEJARANO, MAST TRACK, Winner: “When he’s on the lead he’s got more heart than when he comes from behind. I saw the number three (Garrett Gomez on Square Eddie) break on top but then he took hold a little bit to try to get some traction. So I was able to make the lead and keep the rail. I was pretty comfortable after that. The last time I rode him he was real close to the lead and he ran good, but as I said before, he’s got more heart on the lead.”
HUMBERTO ASCANIO, MAST TRACK, Winner: “When you have the horses, it makes your job much easier. At Del Mar, he ran a real game race in the San Diego (Handicap), then in the Pacific Classic I thought he was going to run real big. But when he broke out of the gate he stumbled and grabbed his shoe. He almost finished the race with no shoes. When he makes the lead he gets real brave. Rafael did a great job today. I told him just to break and try to go and if someone else wants the lead play follow the leader.”
NOTES: Three-time Hollywood Gold Cup winner Lava Man, scheduled to make his first start since July 20, 2008, was scratched due to rain . . . Mast Track was owned by the Robert J. Frankel Trust before being sold to Stronach Stables prior to the Native Diver. He gave the Hall of Fame trainer his third Hollywood Gold Cup win in 2008, making Frankel the only person to breed, train and own a Gold Cup winner. Humberto Ascanio, now the trainer of record, saddled Mast Track that day as Frankel was in New York. Frankel died of lymphoma on Nov. 16.
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