JOEL ROSARIO, DHAAMER, Winner: “I thought he was the best horse going in. Everything worked out that way. That’s why I rode him with a lot of confidence. He’s a really good horse for the distance. He looked good turning for home. I went inside, then between horses and soon he was close to the pace. He galloped out really strong.”
MIKE MITCHELL, DHAAMER, Winner: “There were no instructions today. When you have a rider like Joel (Rosario) you don’t say much because you just don’t know how these things are going to go. He had plenty left in the tank. I had so much respect for Bourbon Bay I almost scratched (in the San Juan Capistrano) when I saw that son-of-a-gun in the race. He’s just such a good horse. This horse came out of the race well; he was bucking and playing and feeling good a day or two after the race so you just knew he wasn’t knocked out. When my son-in-law (Craig Rounsefell), Jamie Lloyd and my assistant Phil (D’Amato) went to England, they told me ‘This is your marathon horse.’ I don’t know what the ultimate plan will be, but the way he ran on the dirt at Santa Anita, you’d have to consider him for the Breeders’ Cup Marathon. He’ll probably go next in the (Grade III, $150,000 Sunset (Handicap July 15).’’
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