PATRICK VALENZUELA, MERIT MAN, WINNER: “I’m feeling a little sore (he missed the last few racing days with knee issues), but feel good. Bob Hess has a very nice horse here. He ran a very good race at Del Mar. He kind of blew himself up a little bit when he saw a photographer up past the wire. He looked at him and kind of pulled himself up a little bit but he’s a very nice horse. Two turns, let’s do it.”

MARTIN PEDROZA, SCHERER MAGIC, 6-5 FAVORITE, FIFTH: “I’m disappointed. It could have been the dirt today. If he ran half decent he would have beat these horses. He just didn’t fire today. I’m very disappointed.”


HESS JR., MERIT MAN, WINNER: “He runs much better on the dirt and we knew that going to Del Mar (Polytrack). He got down there, he kind of bobbled and really wasn’t smooth . . . My friend, Chris Brothers, was at the Ocala sale, we signed the ticket and we’re glad we did.”

Any instructions to Patrick Valenzuela?: “Pat Valenzuela? He’s older than me. I don’t have to tell him (anything).” Valenzuela will be 50 on Oct. 17; Hess is 46.

Next race: “We’ll talk to the owners, but hopefully the Breeders’ Cup Sprint.”

NOTES: The winning owners are Bruce Chandler of Arcadia, Robert McKee of Phoenix (Double Kee, LLC) and Karen and Jim Glavin (Purple Shamrock) of Rancho Santa Fe.