MIKE SMITH, AMAZOMBIE, WINNER: “Some horses, certain riders get along with. I know this horse really well. He’s one of those horses, that it doesn’t matter if he’s on the turf or dirt. The rail was something new today. I probably could’ve stayed down there and followed Cost of Freedom, but I knew the closers would be coming and we made them fan out a little bit, which helped. Bill Spawr’s done a great job with this horse.”

JOE TALAMO, COST OF FREEDOM, THIRD: “He ran a good race, it’s just Russell (Baze) ran with me so hard. Those were some pretty fast opening fractions. I thought my horse would be on the lead, but I didn’t think he would get pressed that hard. He tried so hard down the lane, but he was pressed so hard early that it took its toll at the end. He’s still a real nice horse and he’s definitely going to have a lot more success. John (Sadler) has done a great job going along with him, and keeping him nice and fresh.”


BILL SPAWR, AMAZOMBIE, WINNER: “I thought he got up (to win), I did. The rail (No. 1 post position) was a concern. That’s my spot. They just put me there. They put me there, then they draw the rest of the race. This horse has really changed a lot and we’ve recognized how he’s developed. He’s grown up and matured. He’s learned how to relax.”

Asked if he gave Mike Smith any instructions: “I left him alone. He knows the horse.”

NOTES: The winning owners are Tom Sanford and Bill Spawr of San Gabriel.