GARRETT GOMEZ, CLUBHOUSE RIDE, Winner: “I was real happy on the first turn. The track’s a little dead, but he did everything perfect. He’s been running against a real quality horse (Game On Dude) so it was nice to get a win with him. This might even help his confidence level a bit and make him a better horse. “
MARTIN GARCIA, LIAISON, Second: “He wasn’t handling the track at all. This horse is way better than that. The first sixteenth he was really good, but at the six furlongs he really started struggling. He just didn’t want to go. This is a very good horse, but today he didn’t even try.”
EDWIN MALDONADO, OILISBLACKGOLD, Third: “I like the way he ran. We thought he might get tired today because he lost some time training. Last time he hit himself on his foot and it abscessed.”
CRAIG LEWIS, CLUBHOUSE RIDE, Winner: “I was hoping lightning would strike twice. I won this race with Cutlass Reality (in 1988). This horse has a lot of similarities to him. We’re
looking forward to a rematch with (Game On Dude) in the (Grade I, $500,000 Hollywood) Gold Cup (July 6).’’
MIKE MARLOW (Assistant trainer, Bob Baffert), LIAISON, Second: “From what (Garcia) said, he wasn’t handling the track very well. He was in good position, but he just kept falling back.”
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