RAFAEL BEJARANO, SURFCUP, Winner: “He had never run on this track and I just tried to get him comfortable in the race. He was real relaxed in the beginning and when (Fighting Hussar) came running at the end, my horse gave me a big kick.
VICTOR ESPINOZA, FIGHTING HUSSAR, Second: “The first couple of jumps he kind of lost his balance and on the first turn (Surfcup) came out sharply and I almost clipped his heels. I wanted him to be closer. I had to take a little more hold than I wanted. I had a good trip the rest of the way, but I think that early incident cost him a little. He’s a nice horse. He always tries.”
COREY NAKATANI, TIZ A MINISTER, Third: “We just had no pace to run at. We thought there was going to be more pace and we were trying to make one run. It was my fault because I was too far back. I had to make up so much ground and they were just galloping up front. He would have had to come home in 22 (seconds) flat to get there.”
MIKE MARLOW (Asst. to Bob Baffert), SURFCUP, Winner: “I guess that made up for all the bad ones today. He broke well and he was sharp early. He was on it right out of the gate and Rafael just let him run. It was kind of a surprising race, really. We always thought he likes the turf, but this gives us options. His only bad race was his second start, which was sprinting. He’s definitely a two-turn horse.”
PAUL AGUIRRE, TIZ A MINISTER, Third: “(Nakatani) did nothing wrong. When I changed to (jockey Garrett) Gomez this is what I wanted him to do. Maybe not that far behind, but he’s certainly gotten used to it. He’s just a victim of pace. When he gets pace he’s going to run a huge race and when he doesn’t, anyone can beat him.’’
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