JOEL ROSARIO, ULTRA BLEND, Winner: “She’s a little mare, but she tries hard every time. They were going slow but she was so relaxed. I just let her be where she wanted to be. I could see everyone in front of me and when she started making a move, she was going so fast I didn’t want to take a chance, so I stayed a little bit outside. I think she really likes it here. She won the last time she went this distance (Cat’s Cradle last Dec. 10).’’
RUSSELL BAZE, LADY RAILRIDER, Second: “That’s not really how I saw the race setting up. I wanted the (West Ruler) and (Excellent News) to go and I could sit just tucked in behind them. That worked for about a sixteenth of a mile, then she just grabbed the bit and ran off to the lead with me. She stepped out real good for me from the quarter pole to the wire but she just couldn’t outrun that other one.”
ART SHERMAN, ULTRA BLEND, Winner: “I know this mare, and I saw her running at the five-sixteenths and when she gets running and in the clear, she’s tough. She just runs you down. She’s done that quite a few times. Actually, I was pretty confidant today. Usually I’m not, but I had a really good feeling. She was freshened up, trained awesome and looks awesome. She’s one of my favorites of all time. She just lays her body down every time she runs. This track really helps her. There aren’t any more Cal bred races, so we’ll have to try a little tougher next time. She’s beaten Evening Jewel and she’s a tough horse herself. Evening Jewel’s a millionaire and my mare has banked a half-million dollars ($535,646). We’re going to have some fun with her.”
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