PATRICK VALENZUELA, CALIFORNIA FLAG, WINNER: “He ran a great race. He relaxed, sat behind the leaders and moved up around the turn. I had horse coming across the dirt and he just kicked on and fought it out hard. He’s a fighter. He ran a good race down at Del Mar on the synthetic, but he does like the turf a lot better.”


BRIAN KORINER, CALIFORNIA FLAG, WINNER: “He’s a nice old horse. It’s just nice to see him back and people can quit criticizing (for running him at age seven). He (Patrick Valenzuela) rode him perfect. He sat right outside that horse (Excessive Passion), he got him to relax and then he spurted away. He grinds it out. At the end, nobody was making any impact. They were just going even to the wire.
“I don’t know (about the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint). We’ll talk about it. We didn’t know what to expect. We’ll see what happens.”

NOTES: California Flag is the only three-time Morvich winner. He also won in 2008 and 2009. The winning owner/breeder is the Hi Card Ranch of the late Keith Card and his wife, Barbara of Murrieta. Keith Card passed away on March 8 of this year at the age of 83.