JOE TALAMO, MORNING LINE, Winner: “That was fun. That’s just him. He tried that (being difficult) one time with me in the morning. You have to just be patient with him. It’s hard to really whip on him much because he’s an old horse and he knows what he’s doing. But he’s so professional in the race. John (Shirreffs) has done a great job with him coming off a long layoff. I thought we’d be tracking Gladding. I really didn’t think he’d be in front but he was absolutely cruising the first part. He got right to the lead and put his ears up. It made my job a lot easier. The only hard part was getting him to the gate. Once I got off him (in the post parade), he was a lot better. I ran with him for an eighth of a mile and we both kind of got warmed up. He’s a runner.”
JOSE VALDIVIA, JR., PRAYER FOR RELIEF, Second: “He ran big. (Assistant trainer Mike (Marlow) told he he’d been training well. He came out of the gate aggressive and he relaxed very, very well. I thought I had a chance at the eighth pole, but my hat’s off to the winner. The other horse (Morning Line) is a Grade 1 winner so no shame getting beat by him.”
ALONZO QUINONEZ, KETTLE CORN, Third: “We saved all the ground and he was game at the end but those other two got the jump on me and there wasn’t anything else I could do.”
JOHN SHIRREFFS, MORNING LINE, Winner: “I’m just so happy they (gate crew) were so patient with him. They did a great job getting him back to the gate. You remember Tiznow; Chris McCarron, Jay Robbins and all the trouble they had breezing him in the morning.” Asked about whether Morning Line gave him the same problems in the morning; “Somedays yes, somedays no. Like all Thoroughbred horses, you just have to find a way to get along with them. It just threw a new little wrinkle into his training pattern. When I saw Joe (Talamo) just getting a little higher on him going to the three-eighths, you could see he was taking a good breather just then. You can see from his past races that when horses come to him, he really fights. He’s a very classy horse. I hope to run in the ($150,000, Grade II ) Californian (June 2) next. We’d like to run in the entire series here (which concludes with the $500,000 Hollywood Gold Cup July 7).’’
MIKE MARLOW, PRAYER FOR RELIEF, Second: “He ran really well. I’m very happy with that. In the middle of the turn, it looked like he was going nowhere. But he just kept digging in and coming on.”
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