VICTOR ESPINOZA, CALIFORNIA CHROME, Winner: “It’s fun to win the last stakes here. One extra memory of Hollywood Park. I’ve had a lot of ups and downs here, but this is where I started. When I moved to California, this is where I won my first race. I’ve won a lot of big races at this track. In a way it’s sad, but you have to move on in life. For me, the most important thing with this horse was the break. We came out well and he just took me around. I didn’t have to do much. I just moved my hands a little bit at the half mile and I felt the power.”
ART SHERMAN, CALIFORNIA CHROME, Winner: “It brings back a lot of memories fr me. It’s a special thing to be able to win here at Hollywood Park. I started here as a young kid. Rode my first race here when I was 18 (in 1955). Going back through the years, we had a lot of fun here with the big crowds and great horses. It’s fitting for me, but I feel very sad. This horse was training excellent for this race and he loves this track. This is the only place I’ve trained him. He’s a nice colt, he just needs to grow up now. I think you’ll see his best races as a 3-year-old.”
DAN WARD (assistant to Jerry Hollendorfer), LIFE IS A JOY (Second) and PRAY HARD (Third): ”It didn’t help (Pray Hard) that (Smoove It) went out there, but he wasn’t going to beat the winner anyway. I was afraid of (California Chrome) going in and he was just too tough.”
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