MARTIN GARCIA, DRILL, WINNER: “I don’t know what made the difference today, I guess he just wanted to run. He’s a really good horse so I don’t know what happened in his last races, but he put everything together today. The finish was close but I was confident I got the win.”

JOEL ROSARIO, CREATIVE CAUSE, THIRD: “Everything set up perfect, but the other horse (Drill) was much the best today. The last two times my horse ran he was going a longer distance, but he shortened up to seven furlongs today, and I think that had something to do with it. He’ll have a little time off after this, so the main thing is that he comes back good.”


BOB BAFFERT, DRILL, WINNER: “We actually thought he was going to run really well last time (fifth in the San Pedro Stakes on Jan. 22). Last time he broke a little slow and was behind, then he took him to the outside and then he flattened out.
“It worked out today with a shorter field. He got to the outside where he was clear. Martin (Garcia) did a great job of slowing the pace down. He fired his race and it’s nice to see him back. We just got the jump on everybody so that really helped . . . Today he was more relaxed in the race and he got an easy trip, that helped too.”
“I don’t know if maybe one turn (would be his next race). We’ll let him tell us.”

JACK CARAVA, AMERICAN ACT, SECOND: “He fired back in there (coming again to miss by a nose) and that showed a lot of class, so we’ll see what happens.”
Next race? “We’ll have to sit down with the Siegels (owners Howard and Janet) and kind of analyze the race and see what they want to do.”

MIKE HARRINGTON, CREATIVE CAUSE, 1-2 FAVORITE, THIRD: “We got what we wanted out of the race. He’s a route horse, not a seven-furlong horse. We hope he moves forward off of this. Did you see him gallop out? He’ll definitely move forward.
“I don’t know (when asked about the next race), because I’ve got the other horse (Empire Way), so I haven’t figured that out yet. It probably will be the San Felipe (Stakes, $300,000, Grade II at 1 1/16 miles on March 10) for one of them, I don’t know which one.”

NOTES: Baffert won the San Vicente last year with The Factor. The winning owners are Mike Pegram of Phoenix, Karl Watson of Tucson and Paul Weitman of Tucson.