RAFAEL BEJARANO, AMERICAN ACT, Winner: “He was fine in the beginning. I was right behind all the speed and just following everybody. He wasn’t doing anything wrong. At the three-eighths he changed leads, but before he came to the stretch he changed his leads back and tried to go straight. There wasn’t anything I could do. Soon as he got to the stretch he took off again and I could feel my horse coming back and getting into the race. He felt OK and I decided to go on with him. It was the first time he was in the outside position and I think he was just scared a little bit.”
MARIO GUTIERREZ, SENOR RAIN, Second: “My horse, he ran his race. I kind of saw that other horse (American Act) coming but it was hard to tell because he was way on the outside. It takes a nice horse to do what he did and still win.”
JACK CARAVA, AMERICAN ACT, Winner: “He never showed signs of doing anything like that before. He’s never so much as got out a foot in the mornings, so it was a complete surprise. I don’t know what he was thinking or what made him do it. Luckily he’s the kind of horse who could overcome it. I kind of gave up hope. In the middle of the stretch, I thought he could be second. He’s a great minded horse, but he doesn’t train here and he never has trained here, except for warming up for a stakes race.’’
Notes: Bejarano also won the 2009 Henson with Backbackbackgone….The last time the Henson had been run on something other than turf was when Salish Shaman won under jockey Laffit Pincay, Jr. in 1999.
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