JOHN VELAZQUEZ, GAMINE, WINNER: “She came back so good. Bob has done a great job to bring her back after so many months on a layoff. She felt as good as last year. Bob thinks she’s not ready yet, that’s what he told me. She does everything so effortlessly, it’s just everything she does makes my job a lot easier. I just steer where I want to go and that’s it. That’s the biggest point of her strength, I believe.”
BOB BAFFERT, GAMINE, WINNER: “She looked fantastic, they both (Qahira) looked fantastic in the Paddock and the only thing I was worried about was bad luck. I told (Johnny) before, ‘With the one hole make sure you don’t let her make the gap. Ride her like she’s 10-1.’ I’m happy for my owners and everybody involved. They are excited, it’s Easter Sunday, so it’s a big win. For her to start off here, I’m glad I got to run her. There’s a lot of people who came out to watch her run.
“They (the fans) saw one of the greatest fillies I’ve ever trained going one turn. Hopefully we’ll stretch her out. Michael Lund, has been a great supporter of mine. I told him I was going to give her a little race but the purse isn’t very big. But he was excited he said, ‘I want to see her run.’ So when you own one like that it’s fun to see them run.”
NOTES: The winning owner is Michael L. Petersen.