RAFAEL BEJARANO, SMILING TIGER, Winner: “I knew the front two (Smash, Private Zone) were going to the lead, so I just wanted to make sure my horse broke well because sometimes he doesn’t. Once I broke well, I was just waiting and waiting on the outside until the stretch. The outside of the track has been better, so it worked out really well.’’
MARTIN PEDROZA, PRIVATE ZONE, Second: “He ran well, especially from the inside. I tried to go so I wouldn’t be on the rail, but I wound up there anyway.”
DAVID FLORES, CAPITAL ACCOUNT, Third: “This horse needs six and a half or seven furlongs for his best. He was slow out of there and made up a lot of ground, but not enough.”
JEFF BONDE, SMILING TIGER, Winner: “He took a little break and came back for the big race (Breeders’ Cup Sprint Nov. 3). He wheeled right back and trained great for this race. As a 2-year-old he had a throat issue. We did a procedure on him and it lasted 2 ½ years, so you can’t really cry about it. It fell apart on us at Betfair Hollywood Park in his last start and we had to do it again. (Owners Alan Klein and Philip Lebherz) said we had to make the Breeders’ Cup and we did. We’ll try to space his races because we’re hoping to take him to Dubai.”
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