RAFAEL BEJARANO. SILENTIO, Winner: “It’s hard to tell who won when they come down there like that. It was very, very close. I always try to put my horse’s head down right on the wire. He had a great trip, but I had to take a chance at the three-eighths coming between horses because he wasn’t handling the course 100 per cent and I didn’t want to go around (Summer Front).”
JOE BRAVO, SUMMER FRONT, Second “It’s tough to swallow, getting beat like that. He was so comfortable and relaxed and I was ecstatic on the first turn. With the way the pace was going, he was so comfortable underneath me, so nice.”
*COREY NAKATANI, WINNING PRIZE, Third: * “He was using a little more energy than he would have had to if the track wasn’t so slippery. Every time he tried to get into it, the turf would break away from him a little. The one thing you don’t want to do is take away his natural speed.”
*GARY MANDELLA, SILENTIO, Winner: * “When they hit the wire together, I thought we got beat. I walked down just dejected because if this horse gets beat an inch again after he got beat an inch (by Suggestive Boy) in the (Grade I) in the Kilroe Mile (last March 2 at Santa Anita), it was going to be pretty tough to take. When Summer Front came to him I thought he was going to go right by but when Silentio switched to his right lead he kind of found his rhythm again. I’m really proud of him because he outran his odds (third at 31-1) in the Breeders’ Cup Mile (Nov. 2) and proved everybody wrong and today he proved me wrong because I didn’t think he could win on this soft turf course.”
*CHRIS LORIEUL (Asst. to Christophe Clement), SUMMER FRONT, Second: * “He was very relaxed at the back of the pack and the rider moved at the right time. When you look at the replay, the other horse had his head down right on the wire. They both ran great. We just got the bad part of it.”
*NEIL DRYSDALE, WINNING PRIZE, Third: * “It was just a little bit slick for him, but I thought he ran very well. These are three very nice horses.”
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