COREY NAKATANI, VICTOR’S CRY, Winner: “Turning for home I felt all I needed was a spot to run. Right on that turn they kind of squirted away and I cut the corner and was able to swing out. I waited a little bit to make sure that when I did call on him he was there. He made a strong move from the three-eighths pole to get position and to be able to win the race I had to try to time it as best I could. Right now we’re in Kentucky and we’re going to see where that takes us. Maybe the horses will take us back to Del Mar or Saratoga. I’d like to comeback home if I got an opportunity to ride for the outfits you need to ride for, the Doug O’Neills and the John Sadlers, the Bob Bafferts.
RAFAEL BEJARANO, KARELIAN, Second: “He broke good and I had a good trip in the beginning. When I saw the one (Mr. Gruff) starting to stop in the stretch my horse really started running. He was running strong to the end but that other horse just caught us.”
JOE TALAMO, MR GRUFF, Third: “I still had some horse left at the top of the stretch. The fractions kind of hurt him…I was surprised they pressed him that much early. For his first time going a mile, I thought he ran tremendous. He’ll win a graded stakes around two turns eventually.”
EOIN HARTY, VICTOR’S CRY, Winner: “I was happy because I thought we were going to run third. Then I saw them stopping and I thought he was going to run second. Then I saw they were really stopping and I just couldn’t believe it. I entered to win. I thought on paper it might set up well for his style of running. But it is a Grade 1 and these things are hard to win, so I would have been happy for a piece of it. I am also happy to win it.”
RUSTY ARNOLD, KARELIAN, Second: “He fired. He couldn’t have run any harder. At the eighth pole, I didn’t think he was going to get the horse (Mr. Gruff) in front of him. We couldn’t have had a better trip. Good try, good run.”
NOTE: Harty indicated Victor’s Cry could be pointed to the $150,000 American Handicap at 1 1/8 miles on July 4…The win was the fifth in the race for Nakatani, one fewer than Shoemaker had in a race that was called the Premiere Handicap until 1989.
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