JOEL ROSARIO, MOTHER MOTHER, WINNER: “The blinkers off helped. She was good early, she relaxed well. Those two fillies (Show It N Moe It and Lady Ninja) really wanted to go to the lead and my filly was the best horse in the race.”
BOB BAFFERT, MOTHER MOTHER, WINNER: “It was a different group that she ran in last time (La Brea Stakes Dec. 28), she came out of that race really well. We usually wouldn’t turn her around and run her back in this kind of race but we took the blinkers off her. She got a little rank early in the first race and went ding-dong with Bellafina. She looks so healthy and she looked so beautiful in the paddock so I thought it was a good spot. I thought if we win a race with her it would get her mind right. I think this win will really help her and I think we can stretch her out from here.
“Last time she was out on the lead I told Joel we took the blinkers off because she got a little rank. Joel always rides his own race and I don’t try to get in his way. I was joking, I said, ‘Did I say to take her back, I couldn’t remember?’ He said they were going a little fast early. He rode her with a lot of confidence like you’re supposed to ride a 2/5 shot.
Where does racing’s most recognizable figure go tomorrow, on his 67th birthday? “I’m gonna watch Clemson beat LSU (in tomorrow night’s College Football National Championship Game). I’m all Dabo! (Sweeney, Clemson head coach).”
NOTES: The winning owners are Old Bones Racing Stable, LLC, Barry Hall, Barry Lipman and Mark Mathiesen.