RAFAEL BEJARANO, AWESOME PATRIOT, Winner: “I thought Uncle Sam might make the lead, but after the break when I saw (Red Sharp Humor) break better than Uncle Sam, I rushed my horse up a little bit to make sure he got position by the first turn. After the first turn, he was really relaxed. The last time I won with him he was on the lead, so I was trying to do the same today. I was waiting for the stretch and then he showed me a big kick, like always. “
MARTIN GARCIA, UNCLE SAM, Second: “I was sitting in a perfect spot but (trainer) Bob’s (Baffert) other horse is also a nice horse. It seemed when I got close to him, the other horse just took off again. My horse lugged in a little bit, but he was okay.”
JOEL ROSARIO, CLARKE LANE, Third: The two horses in front of me were just the best horses today. He’s got a pretty good kick and I think he’ll be better next time. The first time I rode him at Santa Anita he really gave me a good race, and he did again today.’’
MIKE MARLOW (Assistant to Bob Baffert), AWESOME PATRIOT, Winner; and UNCLE SAM, Second: “The race went pretty much like I thought. We wanted to put him (Awesome Patriot) on the lead. I didn’t know if he’d last all the way or not; I thought Uncle Sam would get past him, but he was a little bit green. I thought it was our two horses. Uncle Sam is getting better and better. He’s still learning.’’
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