MARTIN GARCIA, HOPPERTUNITY, WINNER: â€œI rode him with a lot of confidence; I knew I had the best horse. I just let him break, I saved ground on the rail and I knew they were going fast up front so I just had to wait. I expected that and more.â€
VICTOR ESPINOZA, APPEALING TALE, SECOND: â€œHe got caught a little wide. The (nine) horse (Blue Tone) in front of me drifted out a little, but I was already there so there wasnâ€™t much I could do; I just had to go with it. He ran great though. Coming off the layoff, heâ€™s better then before. To be able to run like this just the second time off that layoff is a good race for him to have; heâ€™s going forward. I think any little bit helps, so if he didnâ€™t get carried wide maybe . . . â€
BOB BAFFERT, HOPPERTUNITY, WINNER: â€œHe was training well but I worry about him on this track because (Martin Garcia) has to ride the horse, let him just pick it up and build it up and heâ€™ll come running late.
â€œHe saved ground with him, he didnâ€™t panic. He rode a really smart race today; it was good. I havenâ€™t been able to run a lot of horses, and finally, I ran a couple live horses and we won, so itâ€™s good to get back in the Winnerâ€™s Circle.
â€œWe had this race in mind. We know every race is going to be different, so weâ€™ll just let him space his races out. He could show up anywhere; I donâ€™t know yet.â€
Asked if the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap on March 7 could be a consideration: â€œIt could be. Anythingâ€™s a consideration. Heâ€™ll be nominated everywhere and we know he ships well.â€
MIKE PEGRAM, PART-OWNER, HOPPERTUNITY, WINNER: â€œHeâ€™s a damn good horse. Martin had to use him to get a position and when he pushed the button, he went. This horse has proven he can ship, so we know he can travel and he likes it here. Itâ€™s nice to have options.â€
NOTES: The winning owners are Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman of Tucson.
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