Santa Anita News
JOHN DEERE CALIFORNIA CUP DISTAFF (DIVISION 2)
JOE TALAMO, BELLA VIAGGIA, WINNER: “Before she actually ran I worked her about seven or eight times so I was very familiar with her. We just had a great trip. Mike (Puype) had her ready to go today. The rail opened up good and we just shot on through.”
KEVIN KRIGGER, MISDEALORNODEAL, SECOND: “I had a good trip. I kind of had the perfect trip. I started about three wide, perfect outside the front runners. When I asked her to run, she kept her stride. The one horse (Bella Viaggia) got her on the inside and it worked out good for him (Talamo). We ran our race. We tried. I have no complaints.”
MIKE PUYPE, BELLA VIAGGIA, WINNER: “It was a big race; big effort. She has a great future. When horses want to win like that, and they come out running, those are seasoned horses. She showed a big race today to be like that. Let me tell you, she works this main track like no other. She runs on synthetic too, and trains on the dirt better than both of them so I think I can go anywhere where there’s a race. Her weight is unbelievable right now. She looks great. She had bled at Del Mar in her second start and it was very unexpected. To then come back and win when she wasn’t quite right was good, but she’s even better now. I think it was just getting too amped up there because that can happen at Del Mar. It’s not been a chronic problem for her, but she was very good today.”
NOTES: The winning owner is Donald Patrick of San Luis Obispo who races as SLO Racing Stable.