COREY NAKATANI, SHARED BELIEF, Winner: “Wow! My horse has a pretty high cruising speed and when (Candy Boy) made that early move, I couldn’t go at that time. I’m just very thankful to Jerry Hollendorfer and his team, (assistant trainer) Dan Ward and, obviously, (part-owner) Alex Solis II for finding this horse and buying him. He did all the work and I was just a quiet passenger on him. Wow!”
GARY STEVENS, CANDY BOY, Second: “He got into a nice rhythm going down the backside. I moved earlier than I would have liked and made the lead. He’s a big, long-striding colt and I’m looking forward to riding him on the dirt.”RAFAEL BEJARANO, TAMARANDO, Third: “He ran well. No excuses. I had a perfect trip. He was moving really well, but the winner was much the best. I thought I was going to finish second, but (Candy Boy) kept on running.”
JERRY HOLLENDORFER, SHARED BELIEF (Winner) and TAMARANDO (Third): “Going in, I never expected him to do it like that. He’s doing very well right now. I didn’t really anticipate the horse being (near the lead). I thought others would send their horse, but it didn’t turn out that way. (Shared Belief) took (Nakatani) there and I thought he was very comfortable. When he was ready he asked him and (Shared Belief) gave it to him. He was really on his toes today and that surprised me. He’s never gotten on his toes like he did today. He’s always really comfortable around the barn, really laid back. When you have these 2-year-olds that are getting good, they all go under the microscope. I know the drill. I’m very pleased with his race—how can you not be? I don’t like to compare my horses, but I’d have to put him near the top. I don’t like to put them on the (Kentucky) Derby trail, but we’ll see what happens. If you’re going to go to the Derby the horse takes you there, you don’t take him there. Tamarando ran a great third. I’m very proud of that horse as well.”
JIM ROME, CO-OWNER, SHARED BELIEF, Winner: “I said after Mizdirection won her first Breeders’ Cup (Turf Sprint), no matter what happened after that, I was fine. The second one was amazing and today was obviously a really incredible day. I just went with (Solis II) when he said to get in. Alex is an extremely disciplined buyer. He says no to most things. Visually, that race he won at Golden Gate (Fields Oct. 19) was so spectacular. I haven’t owned horses very long and I don’t have the background that a lot of people have, but I’ve only seen two other horses break their maiden like he did up north—Mizdirection, who I bought in right after, and Turbulent Descent, who I had a chance to buy into and didn’t and regretted that forever. Winning around two turns was the first main hurdle.”
JOHN SADLER, (CANDY BOY, Second) and KOBE’S BACK (Tenth): “Candy Boy ran a great race. (Stevens) made an early move with him and he knew what he was doing because he ran real well. Kobe’s Back took up on the backstretch and lost all chance.”
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