JOEL ROSARIO, SKIPSHOT, Winner: “The assistant trainer (Dan Ward) told me to keep the pressure on Sidney’s Candy. If we let him get loose, maybe we’d never catch him. I continued to ride hard all the way. If he beats me, fine. I thought we’d at least get second, but we beat him, so that’s good.”
JOE TALAMO, SIDNEY’S CANDY, Second: “He was training so well up to this race. I think that last little part just got him. He was coming off a decent layoff so I could see him maybe needing the race. You never know until you get them out in the afternoon. He’s still a great horse and he’s going to bounce back.”
DAN WARD (Assistant Trainer to Jerry Hollendorfer), SKIPSHOT, Winner: “We have a lot of options with him…he’s improving. Jerry said he was coming up to a good race and my man knows what he’s talking about. In that sprint (Laz Barrera Memorial on May 22), he really didn’t get anything out of it. The race at a mile and one-sixteenth (Affirmed Handicap on June 19) really did him a lot of good. We were pretty confident today, but next time at equal weights we can’t be as confident.”
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