COREY NAKATANI, COMMA TO THE TOP, Winner: “Wow, that was something. To run like that on top of everything that happened…he’s just an amazing little horse. We’ve been real patient with him because at Del Mar we knew he could go long. He started moving in the right direction and as soon as he got to two turns, it seems like he’s a young Lava Man. To me, he acts like it. He kicks away when you need him to and he’s a typical high cruising speed horse. That move on the turn felt great. It feels like you’re on a Ferrari. All this adversity is a plus, because he handled it like it was just another day. Right now, I’d say he’s one of the best 2-year-olds I’ve ridden. I’ve ridden a lot of good 2-year-olds, but it always seemed something would go wrong with them somewhere along the line. When I was riding Colonel John for Eoin Harty, he would do similar things, but he had some setbacks. Knock on wood, this horse will stay healthy. I’m excited.”
PETER MILLER, COMMA TO THE TOP, Winner: “I ran to the paddock judge and said ‘we’re missing a shoe’.” The first blacksmith came over and it was obvious he couldn’t shoe the horse. He just couldn’t do it. The other blacksmith that’s at the receiving barn checking the feet, had already left. (Trainer) Neil Drysdale then calls me and said ‘what’s going on, do you need a shoer?’ I said, ‘Yeah and he said Wes Champagne’s here. I said ‘Send him.’ So Wes Champagne came over, and the horse is so mad at this point. He was so frustrated and mad that I didn’t think he’d run. He didn’t want to be shod at that point and normally he’s the most docile, calm horse in the world. I would have shod him if I had to. Seriously, when I thought they were going to scratch him, I grabbed a shoe and started to shoe him. And then I realized, I’m not a shoer. Luckily I called Neil back and he told me Wes was on the way, and Wes came and saved the day. We would have run with one shoe, or pulled the other one off if we had to. This horse is really good. I told Corey that if someone sends, he can sit. I worked him off horses the other day and he did great. And Nak just rode him perfect. When he made that move at the three-eighths pole, I’ve never had a feeling like that. After all the drama, it’s just unbelievable. I do want to apologize to all the other owners and trainers. It was out of our control.”
Notes: The win was the first for Nakatani in the Futurity…The victory was Miller’s second in a Grade I. He also won the 2007 Del Mar Debutante with Set Play.
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