MARTIN GARCIA, JERANIMO, WINNER: “I didn’t know a thing about this horse until this morning. I went by the barn and Mike (Pender, trainer) said he had a little trouble last time, but he’s got a lot of heart and to just ride him with confidence. I got him covered up early and he relaxed real well. At the top of the stretch, a hole opened up and he kicked on really strong.”


MIKE PENDER, JERANIMO, WINNER: “We skipped this race last Saturday because it was coming back on seven days rest so we decided to take a shot today when it rained out. The weather man was our best friend. The horse just found a perfect little spot down on the rail, he was saving ground, and I thought to myself, ‘Oh no, here we go again,’ because he has been victimized countless times by poor racing luck. Today, the seam opened, he just followed Misremembered right through the turn and cut on the inside of him. The race just fell into his lap for a change on his biggest day.”

NOTES: Winning owner B.J. Wright resides in Pasadena.