MARTIN GARCIA, MONUMENT, WINNER: “He was back and forth today. I think he looked too much at the people in the grandstands. I had a lot of horse, that’s why he had time to look around. This was the first time he’s run at a distance, and it looks like he likes it.”

JOEL ROSARIO, BALLARD RULER, SECOND: “It was a good race. It was his first time (going) long and he showed that could run. He got kind of tired turning for home so I had to keep after him and ride him hard, but he should improve off of this.”

RAFAEL BEJARANO, THEHUMANCOMPLAINT, SEVENTH: “It was the distance. He didn’t want to go two turns, definitely. He doesn’t like this track 100 percent. It was both things. He would run better on synthetic and a shorter distance. He doesn’t want to go two turns.”

JOE TALAMO, STRONG WIND, NINTH: “That was our obvious plan, to be in front. I’d say they went too fast, but the winner was right outside us. Monument is a real nice horse, but my horse got real, real tired the last part. Two-year-olds that do those splits going two turns, that’s pretty tough. For the winner to do that and keep going, that was pretty impressive.”


JOHN SADLER, MONUMENT, WINNER, AND BALLARD RULER, SECOND: “I want to recognize Bob Benoit, who was as good a guy as there was to have at your race track in California. I want to say hello to Lee and Susan (Searing, the owners/breeders of Monument). The horse is a true homebred. This is really exciting.

“He trained very well. He was a little green at Pomona. He won his first two starts so we thought we had a good shot with both of them--all three of them, actually—one of them (Life a Riley, 10th and last) didn’t run well, but I’m happy to be here.”

Thoughts about a future race? “Not really. We haven’t come up with an overall plan. We’ll probably keep him in the state-bred program for now, but he is an improving horse and we’re excited.”

BEN CECIL, THEHUMANCOMPLAINT, SEVENTH: “Disappointing, obviously. We have to wonder if he wants to go that far. It may be a bit too far for him. But we’ll check him out to see if it’s the distance.”

NOTES: The winning owner/breeder is Lee and Susan Searing of Rancho Cucamonga, who race as C R K Stable.