MIKE SMITH, MADEO, Winner “He’s got a really, really good turn of foot. I wanted to stay right there when they accelerated because they were going pretty easily and I knew they were going to finish. He’s got such a great little turn of foot…he’s so agile. When I called on him he jumped on it. He wanted to hang just a little, but I let him know to go on by and he did. Earlier in his career he was just green at times and he kind of caused some of the things that happened to him. One time he’d pull, the next time he wouldn’t. He’s finally figuring things out.”
BRICE BLANC, STORM MILITARY, Second “We had a perfect trip. It kind of set up that way on paper. He relaxed nice and finished up good. He ran his guts out. He hadn’t run since Del Mar and Bobby (Frankel) did a great job just getting him that close.”
JOHN SHIRREFFS, MADEO, Winner: “He looked good on the backside, very comfortable. He looked like he was in good position, he just needed to finish. We wanted him closer (to the lead), he was way back in the Arcadia (Handicap). We can’t take him anywhere, the son of a gun. He doesn’t like anything. You try to do something with him and he just walks over the top of them. Unless he’s home he is unhappy. But he is maturing now, he’s maturing a lot. He’s developing a style too. He’s repeating his performances and developing a running style. He’s very versatile.”
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