From the Santa Anita Media Team:
City of Hope Mile:
DRAYDEN VAN DYKE, TRUE VALOUR, WINNER: “Simon told me to keep him covered up, that’s the main thing. If he sees daylight, he gets aggressive, which he was early. From there, I just tried to find a path and someone to follow. I knew I had won, they (the placing judges) were trying to figure out who was second and third.”
SIMON CALLAGHAN, TRUE VALOUR, WINNER: “He’s such a cool horse he always comes up and shows a big showing. It was nice to get the head bob today.
“He had some time off after the Thunder Road stakes (Feb. 9) due to some minor bone bruising and we wanted to give him some time off. We felt we had him really fit today. He was pretty fresh early, he pulled Drayden early, gave him a perfect ride, he sprint quick to the front and it worked out well. He needs to play his cards where they lay and Drayden certainly did that.
“Qatar (Racing Limited) may want to go for the Breeders’ Cup Mile, it’s here and he’s shown a pretty good affinity for the track as far as his last two races, it will be tougher but they might want to take a shot.”
VAL BRINKERHOFF, CO-OWNER, TRAINER RESTRAINEDVENGENCE, SECOND: “I’m tickled to death. He’d been training great, lights out. I kept telling some of these agents that, but I had a heckuva time getting a jock. It worked out, ’cause Martin rode him great. Last time out up at Golden Gate, he didn’t even have to get off a gallop, that’s how easy he won up there. He’s just now coming into himself. He was still aggressive today, but he’s calming down.”
La Woman Stakes:
DRAYDEN VAN DYKE, LADY NINJA, WINNER: “She broke good today, compared to last time (when third in the Grade III Rancho Bernardo Handicap Aug. 11). After that, I had to wait and see where I could get out. When the four (favored Anonymity) backed out, I was able to get outside of Selcourt and from there, she was really game.”
JOE TALAMO, SELCOURT, SECOND: “She ran really good, too good to lose.”
RICHARD BALTAS, LADY NINJA, WINNER: “She’s been in those stretch duels before and she’s won ’em. I know that she ran her race today. She’s been an over-achiever, that’s all I can tell you. She broke straight up in the air (when third in the Rancho Bernardo Handicap Aug. 11).
“She came from the inside today and she split horses and she ground it out. I’m happy.”
NOTES: The winning owners are Harry Bederian, Harout Kamberian, Hagop Nakkashian and Richard Baltas.