COREY NAKATANI, CURVY CAT, Winner: “It worked out pretty well. Anytime you get a chance to ride for a Hall of Famer (trainer Jerry Hollendorfer) you know the horse is going to run tremendous. He had her spotted and ready to go and I am thankful I was given the chance to ride her. I was confident if the leader (Ismene) didn’t get too far in front, my filly would run her down. When I got to her she had a little left and my filly had to dig down deep to beat her.”
RAFAEL BEJARANO, ISMENE, Second: “I had a lot of horse left, but you know (Hollendorfer) is hot today. He’s a very good trainer and his horses have been running very good. I had an opportunity to win the race. I had a very comfortable trip, but the best horse beat me. It might have been a little too far for her.”
JERRY HOLLENDORFER, CURVY CAT, Winner: “In the beginning of the meet I think it helps if a horse has been training here. Anytime I can win a race in Southern California I love it. It’s a little tougher here than in most places. When Teddy’s Promise was scratched, I think that bolstered everybody’s confidence a little bit because she was definitely the horse to beat. We’ll see about finding more spots for her here.”
BILL SPAWR, ISMENE, Second: “It might have been a little far for her. I was surprised (71-1 shot Melanistic) put so much pressure on her. I felt at six and a half or seven furlongs they couldn’t beat her, but the last sixteenth got her. She was relaxed and did everything right. We’ll check her out and decide what to do next.”
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