MIKE SMITH, AMAZOMBIE, WINNER: “I’m really just beside myself right now. For it to happen on Amazombie is so fitting. Who could have drawn it up any better? I’m just really happy that I finally got to 5,000. Those last two wins were tough. I’m glad that I got it over with. I was a little bit concerned at the quarter-pole today, but by the time I reached the eighth-pole I was very comfortable. This horse is a champ.”
Further comments on 5,000 wins:
“The times that are the happiest seem to come with a big relief after.