RAFAEL BEJARANO, MALIBU PIER, WINNER: “I was on an easy lead the first turn and I had a lot of horse. I knew number 8 (Lilly Fa Pootz) was going to try and go to the lead. I tried to make sure my horse was relaxed. At the half-mile pole I decided to let her relax . . . I gave her a little breather before I came to the turn and then let her go. When I came to the top of the stretch I let her shoot to the lead, and she showed me a big kick. She was really good today.”


CARLA GAINES, MALIBU PIER, WINNER: “She was feeling good in the paddock, but I wasn’t worried. She just had her game face on. She was going so easy (when passed by Lilly Fa Pootz). He (Rafael Bejarano) was just giving her a breather. Basically, I just told him to let her break and find her place in the race, assuming we would be up fairly close. We knew that probably Hollendorfer’s filly was going to go. She’s (Malibu Pier) very versatile. We have a lot of options, but we’re just going to enjoy this for now.”

NOTES: The winning owner is B. Wayne Hughes of Lexington, Ky., who races as Spendthrift Farm, LLC