RAFAEL BEJARANO, FLUKE, WINNER: “When you have the best horse in the race you can do anything you want. This is the fourth time I’ve been on this horse. I let him go at his speed and figured out my position on the first turn. I always had a lot of confidence because my horse relaxes well in the beginning of the race. That’s why I had a lot of horse and was able to finish strong at the end. I stayed on the rail and my horse showed me a big kick. Caracortado kept running, but my horse had the best trip in the race.”

JOE TALAMO, CARACORTADO, SECOND: “He had to dodge that horse that broke down early on. We were fortunate enough to not alter course too bad. Other than that we had such a good trip. I followed the winner the whole way. I got him to the outside. He ran a winning race it’s just the other horse never did stop. It’s part of the game.”


HUMBERTO ASCANIO, FLUKE, WINNER: “You couldn’t have a better trip than that. He saved all the ground. If he went outside, I don’t know what would have happened. But he stayed inside, and I had a lot of confidence in the horse. I was worried the horse might be a little short, because in one month I only gave him two works, but I wanted a fresh horse, a happy horse and it paid off . . . I didn’t want to tell Rafael (Bejarano) too much . . . I just said there was a lot of speed in the race and to ride his race. He did a good job. I just didn’t want the horse to get too keen.”

MIKE MACHOWSKY, CARACORTADO, SECOND: "He was coming and coming, but just ran out of ground. He ran great again. It looked like he had a pretty good trip, even though that horse broke down in front of him down the back stretch. It probably startled everybody for a few strides. He was able to get through when he needed to get through. I think we’ll just evaluate – he ran good and made up a lot of ground down the lane.”

NOTES: Winning owner Patricia Bozano is from Greenwich, Conn.