RAFAEL BEJARANO, BOURBON BAY, WINNER: “I was in a great position to the first turn. I thought there were two horses with speed, the number eight (Sudden War) and the number nine (Porfido). When we broke from the gate, they took hold of the nine and sent the eight, so I was able to cover my horse up and stay nice and relaxed until the half-mile pole and then I asked him. With the fractions we had, you have to have a lot of horse (to catch the pacesetter), but when you’re on the best horse, it makes it easy. My horse has a really good turn of foot in the stretch.”


NEIL DRYSDALE, BOURBON BAY, WINNER: “When we purchased him, we purchased him with the idea that he’d be a mile and a half horse, so he’s lived up to it to date. He won well the other day (Jan. 6 at a mile and a half on turf), so it’s good. It looks like he’s improving. He had a lot of mucous and allergy problems as a 3-year-old, but he seems fine now.”

NOTES: The winning owners are David and Jill Heerensperger of Bellevue, Washington.