JOE TALAMO, UNZIP ME, WINNER: “She’s relaxing so much better now. She had her ears straight up the entire race today, nice and relaxed. I knew Rafael (Bejarano, aboard Czechers) was close because we were going so slow, so around the (5/16 ) turn, I wanted to open up just little to get some breathing room. I threw her a few crosses through the lane just to keep her focused. Her last few races have really been remarkable.”


MARTY JONES, UNZIP ME, WINNER: “We were always pretty high on her. As soon as she got on the grass, even when we worked her on the grass, it was like, ‘Whoa, this filly’s different on the grass.’ I was real concerned about running her back (since winning the Irish O’Brien by a head on March 20). It was kind of a last-minute decision, because that last race was real hard on her. But the last few days before entries (were taken for the Las Cienegas), she just started acting like herself and going like herself again, so I decided we should go for it again. Let’s take a shot at it. She just loves running down that hill so much, I said we better try and take advantage of this while we can.”

JENINE SAHADI, GOTTA HAVE HER, EVEN-MONEY FAVORITE, THIRD: “She stumbled real bad at the break.”

NOTES: The winning owners are John Harris and Per Antonsen of Coalinga, Don Valpredo of Bakersfield and Martin Jones of Arcadia.