JOE TALAMO, BLUESKIESNRAINBOWS, Winner: “(Baffert) told me to sit still until he switches leads and to save as much horse as you can until the last part. That’s pretty much what we did. We went so easy the first part so we had a lot of horse left when those two horses came at him. He fought really hard, just like he did in the Santa Anita Derby. I appreciate the opportunity they gave me with him.”
MARTIN PEDROZA, NONIOS, Second: “Maybe I should have put him right up with the winner. The track has been playing slow lately and it’s been messing with people’s minds. That’s why I rode him like I did. In retrospect, if I had been right behind him, maybe I could have beaten him. Who knows?”
RAFAEL BEJARANO, LIAISON, Third: “There was no speed in the race. He tried hard, but the winner was just walking on the lead and I knew it would be hard to pass him in the end. He was coming, though.’’
BOB BAFFERT, BLUESKIESNRAINBOWS, Winner and LIAISON, Third: “The owners wanted to take a chance in the turf race at Churchill Downs (Grade II, American Turf Stakes May 4), so we gave it a roll. It didn’t work out. He didn’t ship well and got really hot. I’m not ruling out turf for this horse yet because it didn’t count that day. It took him a while to get back in the swing of things and now he’s finally getting back into his groove. Joe (Talamo) did a great job of slowing it down. I thought I could run first and second, but Liaison kind of struggled a little bit with that slow pace. I was a little disappointed, but they ran their races. I’ll get them down to Del Mar and decide what to do with them. They’ll be nominated all over the country. There are Derbies everywhere.”
JERRY HOLLENDORFER, NONIOS, Second: “I wasn’t riding him, somebody else was. I know he should have been closer. I don’t want to criticize. The pace was soft. What do you expect?”
Notes: The win was Baffert’s fifth in the Swaps, more than any other trainer. He had been tied with D. Wayne Lukas…Talamo also won the 2011 Swaps, upsetting the Baffert-trained Coil with Dreamy Kid.
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