CHRISTIAN SANTIAGO REYES (Through an interpreter), ACCLAMATION, Winner: “I rode him the same way I did last time. The way the race came up, there wasn’t much speed so I hustled him out of the gate. He’s just a good horse and he’s real sharp right now. He was very strong the entire race.”
VICTOR ESPINOZA, HYADES, Second: “He ran very well. He’s an improving horse, getting more mature. It was a slow pace and he still ran big. I wish there was more speed to run with the winner but we everything else went okay.”
BRUCE BLANC, BRUSHBURN, Third: “He broke a step slow so I found myself farther back than I would have liked. He tried hard and finished up pretty strong. He’s run his butt off three times in a month and what else can I say…he’s just a hard tryer.”
RAFAEL BEJARANO, LOUP BRETON, Fourth: “He broke real slow, but I didn’t have any real excuse. I tried to get him up into position to make a run from the five-eighths, but he was just one-paced. I could see the leader was real comfortable on the lead and when I asked my horse at the half-mile, he didn’t move. He was just running at the same pace.”
DON WARREN, ACCLAMATION, Winner: “We’ve gotten lucky the last couple of races where the speed has scratched and there wasn’t a lot of speed to go with him, so we didn’t have a lot of strategy to go ahead and lead the way. I told (Santiago Reyes) him that he runs so well on the turn that when you get to the middle of that (far turn) kick and go on wherever you are. Kick and go. Make a run for it right there. He loves this course. We’ll see how he comes out of this race and there is the ($100,000) Sunset Handicap on the last day of the meet (July 18).’’
BEN CECIL, HYADES, Second: “He got a chance to do what he wanted to do. We’ve been running him a mile and this is what he wants. He’s got a bright future, I hope.’’
*NOTES-*The win was the first in a Grade 1 for both Warren and Santiago Reyes….The only other horse to win both the Jim Murray Memorial and the Charles Whittingham Memorial is Storming Home in 2003…
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