MARTIN GARCIA, LIBERIAN FREIGHTER, Winner: “He does the same thing all the time at the gate. He just wants to play around. But today he was pretty good. This horse just loves to run. He’s such a nice horse. If there was more speed, I would have taken him back. I won the Oak Tree Mile with him from six lengths back. He likes this course a lot.”
JOEL ROSARIO, RYEHILL DREAMER, Second: “He didn’t mind laying second. Turning for home, I tried to switch the whip to my right hand and I lost the whip. It might have made a difference. This horse can do anything. He can be in front or like today, nice and relaxed from behind. I’m really excited about this horse.”
NEIL DRYSDALE, LIBERIAN FREIGHTER, Winner: “We kept him right here after his last race. He’s alright around the gate, the other day he was just messing around and playing. Now that he’s older I think he can do both, run on the lead and come from behind. It just seems that today he had a bit more speed than Ryehill Dreamer. He drew the rail and broke better and inherited the lead. I have absolutely no idea what’s next. I don’t know if he’ll go a mile and an eighth.’’
JULIO CANANI, RYEHILL DREAMER, Second: “I told Rosario not to change anything, but he broker slower than the winner and probably did the right thing. My horse is changing, he gets better and better. He ran well.”
JAMES CASSIDY, THE USUAL Q.T., Third “He had a lot of setbacks since his last race (Jan. 29). He had a big abscess in his foot and his works were spotty. I told (jockey) Victor (Espinoza) I thought those two (Liberian Freighter and Ryehill Dreamer) would go fast up front and I didn’t want him in the mix because I knew he’d need the race. It shows you how much class he has.”
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