GARY STEVENS, ALPINE LUCK, Winner: “I wasn’t concerned with being on the lead with him. Last time (trainer) Mike (Harrington) told me to ride him like a route horse, but he got a flyer leaving there and was on the lead. I thought Mike was going to kill me, but I told him I rode him like a route horse from the three-eighths and I won with something left. He got a quick break today and (Bejarano on Ontology) chirped to his horse leaving there and it sent my horse on. He was flicking his ears back and forth down the backside. He actually reminded me a lot of my first (Juvenile) winner (Hilco Scamper in 1985) going down the backstretch with his ears going like that. I said, ‘How fun is this’? He gave me great acceleration like last time. I was just playing with the runner-up (Ontology June 22). I could have won by six, so I had quite a bit of confidence going in. I actually wanted a horse in front of him just to teach him. I really do think he wants to go a route of ground.”
RAFAEL BEJARANO, ONTOLOGY, Second: “I had a beautiful trip, but nobody put pressure on the winner. I tried to get to the front, but the other horse was just quicker. I saved ground but the winner was best.”
MARTIN PEDROZA, WILLIE B. AWESOME, Third: “They just let him walk the dog up there. I was supposed to be laying third or fourth but nobody went. I was afraid to take too much hold or he might just quit.”
MIKE HARRINGTON, ALPINE LUCK, Winner: “I keep kidding (Stevens) because I tell him to ride him like a route horse and he keeps going to the front. I told him, ‘You never listen.’ He said he was going (23.05 for the opening quarter mile) and had no choice. I think the owner wants to run him in the (Grade II, $150,000) Best Pal (Aug. 4 at Del Mar), so that will be his next start.”
SIMON CALLAGHAN, ONTOLOGY, Second: “That inside post just killed us. He’s a promising horse, for sure. I have to watch the replay again, but he ran well. He might run at Del Mar, but I’ll have to check with the owner.”
ALTHER SOLIS, WILLIE B. AWESOME, Third: “They just let the winner go by himself (in 23.05).’’
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