GARRETT GOMEZ, LIFE IS SWEET, WINNER: “We had a beautiful trip and she relaxed very well for me. Going to the three eighths pole, they were spread three wide in front of me and everybody was looking back for me. She was just galloping along within herself and I was confident she’d be able to quicken when I asked her. When we turned for home, Rosario (Joel, aboard Model) made a right-hand turn in front of us, so we had to deal with that, but it didn’t matter. She’s just a beautiful specimen.”


JOHN SHIRREFFS, LIFE IS SWEET, WINNER: “She’s been running well here. We’ll have to discuss that with Marty (Wygod, when asked if there was another race here for her), but I don’t see anything. He’s the boss. Garrett (Gomez) said he could have gone at any time. He felt very comfortable on her. It was nice that there was a little bit of pace and she was up a little bit closer.”

MARTY WYGOD, OWNER OF LIFE IS SWEET WITH HIS WIFE, PAM: Asked about what might be her next race: “I don’t know. There’s a possibility of the Gamely (Stakes at Hollywood Park, 1 1/8 miles on turf, May 30). The Apple Blossom (April 4 at Oaklawn Park, Grade I, $500,000, 1 1/16 miles) comes back a little too soon, but we’ll see how she comes out of it.” Asked if she might meet undefeated champion stablemate Zenyatta: “Who knows?”

NOTES: The Santa Margarita is the 17th stakes win this meet for Gomez. He needs two more to tie the Santa Anita meet mark of 19 stakes wins shared by Laffit Pincay Jr. (1982-83) and Corey Nakatani (1996-97). Winning owners/breeders Martin and Pam Wygod are from Rancho Santa Fe, CA.