Santa Anita News
CHINA DOLL STAKES
GARRETT GOMEZ, CAMBINA, WINNER: “It ended up working out good. I kind of wanted to be where Victor (Espinoza) was at. I was trying to save some ground and get off the fence. Before I could let the horses clear over and work my way up, Victor had come up outside me. It wasn’t a big deal to me; it was just a matter of me trying to read what was going to happen and where I could work my way out. There’s never anything wrong with saving ground as long as you can find a spot when you’re ready to get it. With a filly like this, she accelerates so hard and has such a nice turn of foot; I can catch a lot of people flat-footed. I’ll be in there and gone before they know what happened. She has excellent acceleration. I thought the mile might take away from her turn of foot, but it really didn’t. It was just as explosive as it was when she was coming down the hill the other day. I was very impressed.”
JEFF BONDE, CAMBINA, WINNER: “She’s starting to really run good. The last two trips have been OK. I don’t think she has distance limitations, at least not so far. She’s a nice filly and getting better and better. She’s a very small filly but when I started training her, she showed the mettle she’s got. I think there’s one more race for her here (Grade II, $150,000 Providencia Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on turf April 9). They (owners) were thinking of maybe taking her on (Kentucky) Derby week to Churchill Downs for a 3-year-old filly race on the grass ($100,000 Edgewood Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on turf May 6).”
DAN WARD, ASSISTANT TO JERRY HOLLENDORFER, CATHY’S CRUNCHES, SECOND: “It looked like she had a good trip. He (Bejarano) told me that a horse came in on the inside and she kind of shied away from the horse and ducked out turning for home because she looked like she had momentum going after the first two horses and then she kind of lost her action. She ran hard. She tries hard.”
NOTES: The winning owners are Anthony Bilich of San Ramon, Jason Cline of Danville and George Schmitt of Pleasanton. This was the 18th second-place finish for Hollendorfer this meet.