VICTOR ESPINOZA, FULL RANSOM, Winner: “I didn’t really have any plan going into the race, just leave her alone and make her happy. It just depended how she broke out of the gate. I took my time, swung her to the outside and it worked out well today.”
AARON GRYDER, SAVINGS ACCOUNT, Second: “I had a sweet trip. I cut the gap at the top of the stretch and took advantage of it. I saw the winner coming, but I was hoping I could build enough momentum to hold her off. She ran great and she’s only going to get better.”
MARIO GUTIERREZ, SUSHI EMPIRE, Third: “She ran real well. I just wish I could have waited a little longer, but she tried hard.”
JIM CASSIDY, FULL RANSOM, Winner: “That’s the best $25,000 (owner Deron Pearson) ever spent. She was reasonably cheap, but she had all the parts in the right place and I really liked her. I liked the way we didn’t rush her today. (Espinoza) took hold of her and she got a very good trip wide. The greatest thing about 2-year-olds is they’re as honest as the day is long. They haven’t figured out anything bad yet.”
LEANDRO MORA (Assistant, Doug O’Neill), CLENOR, Fifth: “When she was trailing behind the others, they slowed it up so much. (Full Ransom) boxed her in all the way—which is the proper thing for any rider to do. When she finally got out, the race was over.”
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