JOE TALAMO, OBVIOUSLY, WINNER: “This is actually the best he has relaxed. He’s definitely got the highest cruising speed of any horse I’ve ever been on. I still can’t get over that he went the half (mile) in 45 and change. That cruising speed of his is unbelievable. Pulling up, I had to get the outrider to grab me; he’s just full of run. I’m excited for the Breeders’ Cup with him. I was very confident with my horse today. Mike’s (Mitchell) done a great job keeping him fresh after his races. Going a mile, he’s just unbelievable. I feel like I’m family when it comes to Mike (Mitchell). He’s been instrumental to my career and taking me to the next level. He’s always put me on great horses like this and I really appreciate that.”

YUTAKA TAKE, TRAILBLAZER, SECOND: “The race went okay. The distance was too short but it was a good race to set up for the next one.”

BRICE BLANC, MR. COMMONS, THIRD: “I was in a perfect spot. My horse kicked on but I just couldn’t get by the winner. Not to take anything away from the winner, but he has everything his way when he gets loose on the lead like that and nobody pressures him. I can’t really change the style of my horse. I was actually a little closer than I was expecting because nobody was going with the leader. He finished up good and gave me a good kick at the top of the lane, but I just came up a little bit short.


MIKE MITCHELL, OBVIOUSLY, WINNER: “They went quick, but the first couple of fractions, they slowed it down a little bit. I didn’t think he needed to be like 10 or 15 (lengths) in front to win. I loved how he saved him down the backside a little bit. It was a good horse race. He needed to perform like this today to consider the Breeders’ Cup (Mile) with him, but now, why not?

“Actually, we thought he was a sprinter when we bought him. I thought we were going to run him 6 ½ (furlongs) down the hill (on turf) in the Breeders’ Cup. But we just routed him and never told Joe (Talamo) anything. From the day we routed him, we just let Joe do whatever he wanted to do on him, and I think we figured out he just liked this type of race.”

JOHN SHIRREFFS, MR. COMMONS, THIRD: “They went fast, but he just couldn’t catch them. If he’s OK, we’ll look at the Breeders’ Cup (Mile).”

NOTES: The winning owners are Anthony Fanticola of Newport Coast and Joe Scardino of Glendora.