EDWIN MALDONADO, AMARISH, Winner: “I didn’t want to be next to the other horse (Run to Ground) because I didn’t want to go too fast the first quarter. No reason to bang heads with that horse. I just stayed to the outside and just let him run his race. He went in 21 3/5 last time and today they went 22 and change (22.19) and he was doing it easy. He’s so big and has such a long stride. I breezed him (three furlongs in 35 3/5 June 12) and he did it with his ears forward. I was really confident.”
AGAPITO DELGADILLO, MORENO’S MINE, Second: “He ran well. He just wants to go a little farther.”
JULIO GARCIA, UNDRAFTED, Third: “We had no excuses. We got close to the favored horse (Amarish) but couldn’t keep up. My horse didn’t change leads, but the winner was too good.”
JEFF BONDE, AMARISH, Winner: “(Maldonado) said he was not (lugging) out, he just didn’t want him near the other horse. He’s a very talented horse, no question about it. In our opinion, he was pretty impressive today. Every time I try to hook him up with somebody (in the morning), he just hammers them. He’s very competitive and good minded. He walks like a horse who has done it a hundred times. We’ll have a team meeting to figure out what’s next.’’
ERIC GUILLOT, MORENO’S MINE, Second: “He ran well, but needs to go longer eventually. The winner looked like he was getting out most of the race, so we’ll probably come back in the (Grade III, $150,000) Hollywood Juvenile Championship (July 14).’’
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