PAT VALENZUELA, BRIECAT, Winner: “She ran a good race, Vlado (Cerin) had her plenty fit. She paced her own pace and picked it up nice on the turn. I think she won it on the turn when she got away from the horses because when she picked it up everybody else had to pick it up. Through the stretch they didn’t have as much finish when she did that. She stuck her head down and fought them off.”
RAFAEL BEJARANO, WESTWOOD PRIDE, Second: “It was a tough race. I thought the winner would be tough. My filly tried really hard and she was still running at the end. She did her best. I knew Briecat would be on the lead, so I just tried to stay right behind her. We just came up a little short.”
BRICE BLANC, TURNING TOP, Third: “She ran huge. She kicked in but couldn’t get by them. I had a beautiful trip. She broke sharp and was in a great spot. I was hoping I could catch them, but they just kept going.”
VLADIMIR CERIN, BRIECAT, Winner: “She’s very, very tough on the lead. The key with her is to open up when she turns for home and hope they can’t get her. Today they couldn’t. This is the heaviest, the best she’s ever looked, by far. I still wasn’t confident about running her today. We have her nominated for a race in Louisiana ($125,000 Treasure Chest at one mile) on Delta Jackpot Night (Nov. 20 at Delta Downs). But I figured if we run her here, I won’t have to train her hard. He (Pat Valenzuela) is just unbelievable. I told him if he was in a bank, they’d arrest him for stealing. We’ll see how she comes out of this race, but we’re still looking at Louisiana.”
Notes: The $29.60 win price on Briecat was the largest in the Las Palmas since Onceinabluemamoon paid $30.20 for her 1995 win…This was Valenzuela’s second victory in the race. His last victory came with Ack’s Secret in 1980 when the Las Palmas was run at 1 1/8 miles on dirt.
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