VICTOR ESPINOZA, WITTY, Winner: “When I ride this type of filly, I have a lot of confidence, especially if she’s trained by Richard Mandella. She’s improving every time and she might be something special. I knew they were going pretty quick up there and it set up very nicely for us.”
TYLER BAZE, CARLSBAD, Second: “She was real fresh and that Jeff Bonde filly (Strawberry Tart) wouldn’t leave us alone the first part. She ran her eyeballs out. I can’t complain — she was just pressured all the way. On the turn I tried to let her get a breather and she did…we were really running down the lane. We just got out-run.”
RICHARD MANDELLA, WITTY, Winner: “She’s never done anything not to please us training or running. You just hope the story continues on. She was the smartest of my 2-year-olds last year and again she just keeps going. We’re going to have to give some thought for what’s next.”
RAL AYERS, CARLSBAD, Second: “We just got caught up with a little speed there. We were a little worried about going seven-eighths; six and six-and-a-half you don’t have to worry so much. Seven-eighths is a little different. She ran good and we’re not disappointed but obviously we wanted to win.”
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