EDWIN MALDONADO, MAJESTIC STRIDE, Winner: “That was the plan—to give Anillo (also trained by Jeff Bonde) a head start and sit second—but (Chosen Miracle) kind of pushed me the first quarter mile and I didn’t want to put too much pressure on our other horse. I knew he was going to win today because he had a little trouble in his last race, the Breeders’ Cup (Sprint). He’s a nice horse.”
JOE TALAMO, COLOR OF COURAGE, Second: “I thought I was going to win at the quarter pole, but he just got tired. He was pretty fresh out of the gate, but then he settled nice. He’s really good to ride. He’s six, going on seven, but he acts like a four-year-old. I’m real happy with his comeback.”
MIGUEL CARRANCA (Asst. to Jeff Bonde), MAJESTIC STRIDE (Winner) and ANILLO (Fourth): “Maldonado knows what he’s doing. He knew (Anillo) has a lot of speed. We just told him to pick a spot and go from there.”
JORGE GUTIERREZ, COLOR OF COURAGE, Second: “He’s a nice old horse, just does his own thing. He’s not the kind of horse you can really work to get ready, so I was a little worried about how fit he would be. He worked well enough, but he was away a long time. He bowed a tendon two years ago, but it looked good when he came back today.”
Notes: Jeff Bonde, who won the 2012 Underwood with Smiling Tiger, is the third trainer to win the race in consecutive years, joining John Sadler (1989, 1990) and Wesley Ward (2000, 2001)…Majestic Stride’s win price of $3.40 matched the shortest price in Underwood history. Paying Dues also returned $3.40 in 1996.
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