MARTIN PEDROZA, WILLA B AWESOME, WINNER: “My plan was, there was no speed on paper, so if they would chase me for a little bit, I could pull her away early. If the other horses had to come from behind, I figured I’d have a pretty good chance to win the race. It was just the way I planned it. I took advantage of her speed. I put her where she wanted to be, and then I said, ‘Come and get me.’”

RAFAEL BEJARANO, CHARM THE MAKER, EVEN-MONEY FAVORITE, FOURTH: “I wanted to come from behind and make a good run. I was wide into the first turn because the No. 6 (Killer Graces) pushed me out . . . I couldn’t do anything. I tried to get my horse to come in, but he (Killer Graces) pushed me out. Then I tried to come between horses because I didn’t want to get pushed out any further.”


WALTHER SOLIS, WILLA B AWESOME, WINNER: “It’s pretty nice seeing her break like the way she did today. When they scratched the two horses on the inside I said, ‘We’ll change tactics.’ I was thinking about coming from third or fourth, but scratching the speed, I told Martin, ‘Let’s go to the lead and have them catch us.’”

NOTES: The winning owners are Phil Daniels of Arcadia, Patsy London of Long Beach and John
Winters of Pauma Valley, CA.