GARRETT GOMEZ, SILVER MEDALLION, WINNER: “He’s a little goofy. He’s a difficult horse and Scotty’s (Blasi) been working with him. Mentally, he’s just not there yet, but it’s nice to know that a horse is this talented and he’s not totally focused yet. Hopefully they can get him moving forward, get him serious, and get him to where he really wants to do his job. Right now, he doesn’t even know what his job is. Once he figures it out, hopefully he’ll turn into a really nice horse.”


SCOTT BLASI, ASSISTANT TO STEVE ASMUSSEN, SILVER MEDALLION , WINNER: “We’ve got a lot of good horses beaten here, so any win right now feels good. This is a nice colt Mike Ryan (owner) sent us for a winter run on the grass. He’s trained well, and he ran like we thought he would. I thought he’d be pretty sharp. I was a little worried. We missed a lot of training here with the rain and such. I was worried he’d be a little fresh. His only bad race was the race with Garrett (Gomez, Sept. 10) when he got pinched early. I told Garrett if he got away clean, I thought he’d be in hand pretty well.”

NOTES: This is the first Santa Anita win for Asmussen. The winning owner Michael Ryan is from Lexington, Ky.