JOE TALAMO, IOTAPA, Winner: “We had a great trip. She was pretty much loaded for bear today. I really just had to point her in the right direction. I’m glad John (Sadler) gave me the opportunity to ride. I think we’re going to have a lot of fun with her this summer.”
RAFAEL BEJARANO, CIAO BELLA LUNA, Second: “I was in perfect position right behind the leaders. When I got to the stretch I was in the clear, but (Iotapa) I tried to keep up with just took off. The winner was just much the best.”
JOHN SADLER, IOTAPA, Winner: “You claim a horse and she wins and you’re excited, then two days later she came up sore. We took X-rays and found she had a little fracture in one of her hind pasterns. It was a hairline fracture and we knew it would heal up well. Once they’ve showed they can run, you don’t mind giving them some time. (Betfair Hollywood Park) is where she’s always trained. She won first time back on dirt (Feb. 13 at Santa Anita), which is hard to do, then she ran a big race in the (Grade I Santa Anita) Oaks (April 6). The plan was to run here and then run in the ($150,000, Grade II Hollywood) Oaks (June 22).”
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