GARRETT GOMEZ, CAMBINA, WINNER: “She was traveling good. I expected things to start falling apart up front a little sooner than they did. I started to inch her out and she wanted to cut the corner a little harder on me, so I dropped back in and followed Victor (Espinoza) for a second. I split him and another horse and dove to the fence. She’s not a very big horse and she’s not much to look at. She reminds me of Megahertz. She’s got a lot more to prove to catch Megahertz but she’s on the right start. She has done everything I asked her to do. She’s so small, I thought today’s distance would hamper her a little bit, but it didn’t. She wants to settle in and kick home. The farther he (Jeff Bonde) sends her, the better she travels.”

VICTOR ESPINOZA, WHISPER LOUISE, SECOND: “It was nice; I had a good trip. She got a little bit tired at the last 20 yards. It was a good race for her.”


JEFF BONDE, CAMBINA, WINNER: “I’m not surprised that she’s won at different distances. She came to run today. It’s all good. Garrett Gomez gave her a Hall of Fame ride. He just fits her like a glove and she totally responds to him. We’re just enjoying the ride. She’s a typical European filly. She wants to sit and wait and then make a run. She had won around two turns in Europe and that’s softer going. Usually they’ll carry an eighth of a mile further, and watching her run today I think she could probably run a mile and a quarter pretty easily. There are lots of nice stakes races coming up this summer, and I’m sure she’ll show up at Hollywood Park in some of those bigger ones.”

JAMES CASSIDY, WHISPER LOUISE, SECOND: “She hadn’t run since October, and we really didn’t have another spot for her until this. We would have liked to have had a race into her before this, but there really wasn’t anything. A mile and an eighth for the first time is long and troublesome, but she ran really well, and I think she’ll show herself even better next time.”

NOTES: The winning owners are Anthony Bilich of San Ramon, Jason Cline of Danville and George Schmitt of Pleasanton. Today’s on-track attendance is 31,523.