MARTIN PEDROZA, WILKINSON, Winner: “I have to give all the credit in the world to Jeff Mullins. In my handicapping it looked like he wanted to make one run. When I came out to get the instructions, everything changed. Jeff told me to warm him up without a pony and get him to feel loose and aggressive. He told me to send him leaving there and sit behind the first flight. I just fell right into a perfect trip. If I had done what I wanted to do, sit and make one run, I probably wouldn’t have won. Believe me, my plan was different.”
MIKE SMITH, MR. COMMONS, Second: “From the 10 post I thought he ran really well. You’d like to win it, but he’ll get a lot out of this race and move forward.”
JEFF MULLINS, WILKINSON, Winner: “I only got the horse five days ago, so all the credit has to go to Neil Howard. I trained the mare (Tasha’s Delight) and always tried hard. The trip was kind of what we wanted. (Owner E.K. Gaylord II) told me the horse needs to be close up and out of trouble. We let Marty (Pedroza) know that and he did it perfectly. The first thing you notice about him is he’s a handsome horse. He does everything right in the morning and loves his job. He’s just a happy horse. Next will probably be the (Grade I, $300,000) Shoemaker Mile (June 30).’’
JOHN SHIRREFFS, MR. COMMONS, Second— “I thought he ran really well. From that post position he was on the outside, then he went inside and came back out. He ran a really good race. He’ll come back in the Shoemaker.”
NEIL DRYSDALE, LIBERIAN FREIGHTER, Third— “He ran very well for being away a year. He just got a little tired that last bit. He’ll improve off the race. The Shoemaker will probably be next.’’
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