COREY NAKATANI, TIZ A MINISTER, Winner: “As good as he was moving, I had them in my sights and all they had to do was come back to him a little bit. I knew he was going to put in a tremendous run like he’s been doing in the morning. Credit (trainer) Paul (Aguirre) for what he’s done with him. I’ve been on him in the mornings and I was very confident.”
GARRETT GOMEZ, DEN’S LEGACY, Second: “Everything was good. I thought the way the race would set up it was going to help Tiz a Minister. And it kind of did. (46.74 for the first half mile) is pretty fast. You didn’t even see that Saturday (in the Californian). I thought I was in a good spot, but I just couldn’t quicken enough.
MARTIN GARCIA, MANANDO, Third: “He ran well. I asked him and he responded. He just got a little tired late.”
PAUL AGUIRRE, TIZ A MINISTER, Winner: “If they give him an opportunity, he’ll take it. When he was turning for home, I thought we could hit the board. And then at the sixteenth, I was thinking he might get there. I told (Nakatani) that was a great Calvin Borel imitation. That ride was definitely the difference between winning and losing. I’ve always had the opinion that he’s a middle distance horse, but we’ll absolutely consider the (Grade II, $150,000) Swaps (Stakes July 4) if everything goes right.”
MIKE MARLOW (assistant trainer, Bob Baffert), DEN’S LEGACY (Second) and MANANDO (Third): “I don’t think (jockey Garrett Gomez on Den’s Legacy) should have let the winner through. It’s easy to ride them in the grandstand, but if (Den’s Legacy) had been on the rail where he should have been, that horse wouldn’t have come through. You don’t do that when you’re riding for $100,000. Manando ran really well. (Jockey Martin Garcia) put him in the race like he was supposed to and he ran extremely well.”
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