BOB BAFFERT, DORTMUND, WINNER, AND ONE LUCKY DANE. SECOND: “It’s exciting. I’ve been in this position before. You get excited when you know you have a legit contender, just like last year when Art Sherman went through it with California Chrome.“The feeling is like we’ve been here before; just enjoy the moment because the next race (Kentucky Derby on May 2) is going to be the one. It’s good to see this horse just really developing the way he has from his first start. I just love the way he ran today.“When we bought him, he looked like a really good horse, but he was just a big horse, and sometimes they don’t turn out. He’s a big, long-legged horse. When he made the lead and when he gets by himself like that, he’ll idle on you a little bit, so he had to keep going.“One Lucky Dane, he’s a good horse. He showed that last time. This distance is not going to be a problem for him. He’ll go to the (Kentucky) Derby. He qualified in Bob Baffert’s eyes (in addition to points). I don’t need 40 points. They’ve got to qualify in my eyes.“They’ll ship out of here maybe in another couple weeks. I’ll make that call later.”Asked about American Pharoah and his race next Saturday in the Arkansas Derby: “This is the time of the year where we take nothing for granted, we work hard, we have a great team and American Pharoah is doing fantastic. We want to get there in top form and healthy. That’s the battle right there. We have good horses. I can’t believe I’m so fortunate to be in this position with two outstanding 3-year-olds like I have.”KALEEM SHAH, OWNER OF DORTMUND: “Just to have a horse in the Santa Anita Derby is a thrill, but to run this well and win it, is unbelievable. Ever since the San Felipe, this has been like March Madness for me. To be going to the Kentucky Derby with an undefeated horse like this and to be compared to horses like Seattle Slew and Smarty Jones is just amazing. We have these colors (red, white and blue) because I am very patriotic. I have strong feelings about this country ever since I became a naturalized citizen (in 1989). MARTIN GARCIA, DORTMUND, WINNER: “This is my first win in the Santa Anita Derby. There are a lot of ‘firsts’ with him for me. He was really comfortable. The main thing for me today was to break well and put him in a good position.“Even though he’s won all his races, he’s still learning. He can play around a bit but when someone comes to him, or I ask him to go, he becomes push-button and he just takes off.“I never had the chance to ride American Pharoah except in his first time out. But American Pharoah just drags me in the morning; wherever you want to go, however far you want to go, he drags you there. Dortmund, just gallops along, but he isn’t aggressive about it. They’re different in that way but they’re both very good horses.” NOTES: Winning owner Kaleem Shah is from San Diego. JOCKEY QUOTES RAFAEL BEJARANO, ONE LUCKY DANE, SECOND: “I had a good trip. No excuse. I put him right behind with the speed, but the winner was just the best. He was much the best. My horse was still running to the end. My horse ran really good, really good. He surprised me today. He made a good move at the end.(The best thing about his performance?): “This will help a lot in the (Kentucky) Derby. I think this horse can run all day. He’s still learning. He’s a big horse, good-sized for two turns. I think this race will be a lot of help.” MIKE SMITH, BOLO, THIRD: “We didn’t win today, but the good thing is that we know how talented he is on the grass. So we’ll just have to regroup and start our campaign back on grass. We couldn’t have had a better trip – it was perfect. We went three wide, but I was fine with it. I just didn’t have the horse to go with him. He just struggled with the surface.” WHAT ABOUT THE MEDIA CIRCUS LEADING INTO THE KENTUCKY DERBY AT CHURCHILL DOWNS? “I’m looking forward to everything. Those are good problems to have. It means you have a horse in the race.” -30- TRAINER QUOTES
MIKE SMITH, SUBTLE INDIAN, RUNNER-UP: “I tried to nurse him along without taking anything away from him that was coming easy for him. He was able to relax, I was really happy with the way he did. You have to give it to Lord Nelson. He ran a great race.” WAYNE HUGHES, SPENDTHRIFT FARM: “He’s a big, good looking horse and we were looking for a stallion. He’s exceptionally good looking. We’ll keep him running, that’s for sure.” BOB BAFFERT, LORD NELSON, WINNER: “That was pretty game. I didn’t think he was going to get there. He was trying so hard there at the end. It was pretty exciting to watch, more exciting to win. He’s come back so strong this year; that break really helped him. I think this is his distance, sprinting might be too short for him.” TRAINER QUOTES RAFAEL BEJARANO, LORD NELSON, WINNER: “I was really happy with my trip. I knew Subtle Indian was the only speed in the race so I wanted to make sure I broke good and got my horse into the race right away. I found my position and then just waited for Kobe’s Back. When I saw him coming at the three-eighths I just went for it and tried to get the jump on him because he was really running.” NOTES: Winning owner B. Wayne Hughes resides in Lexington, Ky. GARY STEVENS, KOBE’S BACK, THIRD: “I was on the extreme outside. I was wide around the turn and the pace was extremely slow for these kinds of horses. The track has been favoring speed all day long and my move was a bit premature and a bit wide.” JOCKEY QUOTES -30-
HOW DID HE ARRIVE AT THE NAME, HOW ABOUT ZERO: “A friend of mine sent his kid over to me to work as an intern (in his financial business). When he asked me how much he was going to be making, I said ‘Ten dollars an hour.’ He said ‘How about 15?’ So I told him, ‘How about zero?’(Reddam also noted “the kid” was in fact hired at $10 per hour and that he “worked out fine.”) MARIO GUTIERREZ, HOW ABOUT ZERO, WINNER: The post position was good, everything was good. She settled nicely and we had a good pace, which we thought we would. She’s a really nice filly and she proved it today.” TRAINER QUOTES JOCKEY QUOTES DOUG O’NEILL, HOW ABOUT ZERO, WINNER: “Mario (Gutierrez) did a great job with this maiden. He took advantage of the 10 post and kept her in the clear. Mario thought after the last race that maybe a set of blinkers would do the trick. She came up empty the last time, but we had a lot of confidence in her. She showed today coming down the lane that she is still a little green. I think the blinkers made her focus more. Those Square Eddie horses really run. That’s like in baseball having the Mickey Mantle bloodline. She is a big stout filly and really mentally and physically tough. I will talk to the Reddams. I think you might see this filly in open company the next time.”PAUL REDDAM, WINNING OWNER/BREEDER: “We were high on her last time, but she was very green and she wouldn’t change leads. I was absolutely shocked we were 10-1 today. I thought she’d be 4-1, even with me betting! This was a nice way to break your maiden.” NOTES: Winning owners Paul and Zillah Reddam reside in Irvine, CA.