ELVIS TRUJILLO, CALCULATOR, WINNER: â€œIt was a perfect trip. I went wide because Iâ€™d rather go wide than be in between horses, or caught inside. I wanted a clean trip. He did it very easy today. Stretching out will be no problem for him; heâ€™s very good.â€
VICTOR ESPINOZA, ROCK SHANDY, SECOND: â€œHe went very nice. I think heâ€™s going to be a nice colt; heâ€™s still trying to figure it out, heâ€™s still green. I think heâ€™ll be better on the dirt rather than the turf. The way he works in the morning, Iâ€™ve always been very impressed. As a colt, he may be a late learner. It was a big step for him today.â€
PETER MILLER, CALCULATOR, WINNER; ROCK SHANDY, SECOND; AND ST. JOE BAY, FOURTH: â€œI was trying to watch all of them, and I thought I could run one, two, three for a minute, but they ran one, two, four, so it wasnâ€™t bad at all.
â€œI was very concerned (with where Calculator was on the first turn), because it looked like five or six of them were sending, and I said, â€˜Oh, no. Weâ€™re going to be 10-wide,â€™ but he (Elvis Trujillo) saw the same thing and he adjusted and brought him back into maybe the three or four path. We had a wide trip, but thereâ€™s less trouble out wide.
â€œI didnâ€™t expect him to be this good (today). I was hoping he was good enough to win at 90 percent (fitness). The water gets deeper from here on out, so weâ€™re going to have to step up our game and move forward off of this one.
â€œWeâ€™ll see how the horse comes out, but I wouldnâ€™t rule out coming back in a month in the Lewis (Grade II, $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on Feb. 7). The timing of it is good and when my horses are good, I like to run them. Heâ€™s good right now so Iâ€™m going to run him.â€
Asked if the Santa Anita Derby (April 4) would be a long-range goal if all goes well: â€œThat makes a lot of sense right now, but Iâ€™ll get with Mr. Pell (owner, see note below) and weâ€™ll kind of map things out.â€
On Rock Shandy: â€œSuper. Really pleased with how Rock Shandy ran. I think heâ€™s just getting better and better. He had an inside trip and took a lot of dirt. For his first race on the dirt I was really pleased.â€
NOTES: The winning owner is Richard Pell of Rye, N.Y. The winning horse receives 10 qualifying points towards determining the field for the May 2 Kentucky Derby if more than 20 enter. Second is worth four points, third, two, and fourth, one point.
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