MARIO GUTIERREZ, A TOAST TO YOU, WINNER: “We tried to put a little pressure on early, but (Julien Leparoux, on pace-setting Atta Boy Pete) blew by us so we didn’t have any choice. Peter(Miller) told me to get a nice position and to save ground on both turns and that if I had to make a late run, I was going to have to go wide. I ended up having to go wide today, and the horse did the rest. He was coming until the end, he was stretching out pretty well. It’s easy when everything goes your way, and this horse is easy to handle.”

RAFAEL BEJARANO, AIN’T NO OTHER, SECOND: “I think he needed this race. The horse can run, he kept running, but that other horse (the winner, A Toast to You) came flying. My horse tried, he was running well and he wasn’t tired, he was running at the end. He gave me a big kick, but that other horse was just flying. We had a perfect trip.”


PETER MILLER, A TOAST TO YOU, WINNER: Asked about coming out of a $40,000 claiming race in which he ran fifth: “We were either going to run him in a $25,000 claiming race or the California Flag. We decided to take a shot . . . We got beat for 40, but the horse was doing good and I spoke to Mr. (Gary) Barber and I said, ‘Even if we run second or third, it’s a big payday, the horse is doing well, let’s take a shot.’ Gary’s a gamer. He said, ‘All right; let’s do it.’”

Asked about the ride by Gutierrez: “What a ride. What can you say about the ride? He saved ground on both turns, swung him out and got all the run out of him. On his best day, the horse runs mid-90 Beyers. He can run that kind of race on his best day. We just took a shot. It was a great day (winning three races on the card).”

PAUL AGUIRRE, TIZ A MINISTER, THIRD: “We gave it a shot, but I always thought he’d like the route. I think there’s a route race here on Breeders’ Cup day (Nov. 1, the $150,000, Grade III Twilight Derby for 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles on turf). We’ll look at that.”

NOTES: Winning owners Gary or Cecil Barber are from Los Angeles.