GARRETT GOMEZ, LIFE IS SWEET, WINNER: “When I drew the race up, I could see there was no pace. In the paddock, both Marty (Wygod) and John (Shirreffs) told me, ‘Don’t change her running style, just let her run like she did last time.’ As it turned out, the pace was very slow and I just told them, ‘Both of you guys were fired at the three quarter pole!’ As we went down the backside I just tried to inch up a little closer and at the three eighths pole we were closer but I didn’t know if she could quicken enough to catch those other fillies. She really showed a great turn of foot and to be able to overcome that slow pace like she did is amazing. You can see her stride gets longer as she gets closer to the wire”


JOHN SHIRREFFS, LIFE IS SWEET, WINNER: “When the 50 (half-mile fractional time of :50.03) came up, I was a little concerned”

Asked if he thought she would get up in time: “You know, once she got going, it looked like she had a chance, yeah.”

Asked about Gomez trying to save ground into the first turn from the outside post, Shirreffs deferred to Marty Wygod, who said: “He took a good hold of her, and they were going so slow, he did the best he could. He rode her perfect.”

MARTY WYGOD, CO-OWNER/BREEDER, LIFE IS SWEET: “For her to close like that with no pace at all . . . I had confidence in her. Garrett (Gomez) rode her beautifully and (John) Shirreffs did a great job.”

NOTES: Shirreffs said he would discuss what race might be next with the Wygods. “Life is sweet,” Marty Wygod said. Winning owners/breeders Martin and Pam Wygod are from Rancho Santa Fe. -30-