JOEL ROSARIO, SMILING TIGER, Winner: “He’s a really good horse. The good thing with him is that when he sees a horse close to him, he just wants to beat him. In that race in Kentucky (Churchill Downs Stakes May 7), he broke well but the horse on the outside wanted to go with me so I tried to settle him and get him to relax. But I got in trouble the whole way and had nowhere to go. It happens sometimes, it’s part of the game. He might be a Breeder’s Cup horse. When I rode Twirling Candy (in the Malibu Stakes last Dec. 26) at Santa Anita, we set a track record that day and it took us a long time to get by this horse. I worked him for the first time last week and I can really see how he’s improving.”
MIKE SMITH, AMAZOMBIE, Third —“He ran well. Maybe a little duller than usual. He was a little flat today, but he still ran well.”
JEFF BONDE, SMILING TIGER, Winner— “We got a good trip today and the horse got to express himself. When he has his days he comes with a good one. This horse has the ability to go quick and still rally. He’s got a very long stride, he’s a big, long stretchy horse. He’s not a typical sprinter type horse to look at. But he’s very athletic and he has the heart of a warrior. He comes to fight every time. He had an easy time of it today. Every day he seems to be a better animal. He was like a big, skinny teenager as a young horse and the older he’s gotten he’s put on muscle mass and filled out. He’s become a professional where before he was kind of a goof off as a young guy. We’re trying to win the Breeders’ Cup (Sprint) with him. We’ll go to Del Mar, just like we did last year. We might run in both the ($250,000) Bing Crosby (July 31) and ($250,000) Pat O’Brien (Aug. 28).’’
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