GARRETT GOMEZ, DHAAMER, Winner: “That was pretty easy. The only reason I was scrubbing on him a little bit was the simple fact that I know that (second place finisher Lime Rickey) would be running at me and I knew my horse wasn’t giving me 110 per cent, so I felt I had to keep him on his toes and keep him aware that he was still racing. These mile and one-half horses, especially like (Dhaamer) usually come from pretty far back and always have a target. To lose my target at the quarter pole is a little different situation than he’s usually in. I didn’t want to let him get flat-footed, so I just kept him to his task and he handled it great.”
MIKE MITCHELL, DHAAMER, Winner: “One of my owners said I was training him too fast and one said I was training him too slow. I guess it worked out just right. I was a little worried because I thought he was laying a little too close. But I think Garrett (Gomez) knew what he had. He’s just been training so well. I skipped the (Grade II) San Juan (Capistrano April 21 at Santa Anita), just to keep him fresh. I think we’ll go for the (Grade III, $100,000) Sunset Handicap (Sunday, July 14). That’s what we did last time and I’d like to run in that race again.”
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