MARTIN GARCIA, LIAISON, Winner: “The (Daily) Racing Form showed there was more speed than that, but my intention was to be close. My horse is still learning and it looks like that’s where he wants to be. He’s improving all the time. He out broke everybody, but I just let (Blueskiesnrainbows) take the lead and sat chilly in second. When I asked him to go, he responded. He finished the job.”
VICTOR ESPINOZA, KETTLE CORN, Second: “They were going too slow up front. I thought there was going to be more speed. He hadn’t been out for a while so I just took my time with him and let him run at the end. It was a very nice comeback. He’ll improve a lot off this race.”
JOE TALAMO, GUILT TRIP, Third: “I really had a great trip. My horse really doesn’t want to be forwardly placed, but they were going so slow that I thought he was (in a great spot). At the three-eighths I could see the winner kicking away, but my horse couldn’t quicken. He still tried down the lane to get third.”
MIKE MARLOW (Assistant trainer, Bob Baffert), LIAISON and GUILT TRIP, First and third: “(Liaison) moved up a lot from his previous race (the Santana Mile March 31), which was a good race coming off a layoff. But today he was right there on the break and I think (Garcia) really rode him smart today. There was one speed in the race (Blueskiesnrainbows) and he didn’t let him get away. And the horse just kind of wanted to be up there. Guilt Trip looks like he just got outrun today.”
JOHN SADLER, KETTLE CORN, Second: “I thought for his first time back he ran very well. He’s such an honest horse. He always runs a really good race and he really likes the synthetic. I thought the pace would be a little faster today. We’re here for the series (Grade II $100,000 Californian, June 1 and the Grade I $500,000 Hollywood Gold Cup July6), so I guess that’s where we’ll run next.
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