RAFAEL BEJARANO, GERVINHO, WINNER: “At the three-eighths pole my horse slipped really bad. When he was coming he slipped right away so I tried to get a hold of my horse, that’s why I lost a couple lengths. Once I saw the stretch I pulled him up and he came running. He showed me a big kick.”

GARRETT GOMEZ, DEN’S LEGACY, SECOND: “I thought he had done enough to win the race, but Carla’s (Gaines) horse ended up making that late run and finished up really well. But our horse did everything a horse is supposed to. He did stuff that two-year-olds really don’t do. He was very responsive to everything I asked him to do, even going through the hole. There was a tight hole when I turned for home and he didn’t even think about it, he just ran right through it. He finished up well, he just got beat today.”


CARLA GAINES, GERVINHO, WINNER: “He lost his footing (turning into the stretch). He (Rafael Bejarano) said that’s the reason he was so far back. He was starting to make a move and like the ground slipped out from under him. He really thought he got hurt.”

Next race? “Breeders’ Cup (Juvenile Turf, $1 million, Grade I, one mile, Nov. 3)? We got to look at it, right?”

KEITH BRACKPOOL, OWNER, GERVINHO, WINNER: “What a stretch kick. We’re going to look seriously at the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf. That’s the hope. The Juvenile Turf, if we can get in.”

NOTES: The winning owner is Keith Brackpool of Manhattan Beach. Gervinho is a full brother to Lakerville.