(Express Train wins the G2 San Pasqual Stakes at Santa Anita on Saturday / Benoit Photo & Courtesy of Santa Anita)

From the Santa Anita Media Team:


JUAN HERNANDEZ, EXPRESS TRAIN, WINNER: “The difference was the distance (of) a mile and an eighth and different horses, but he’s a really nice horse. He loves going short and going long so you can do whatever you want with him, he’s a really nice horse.

“The boss, Mr. Shirreffs, just told me to have a good trip.There were three horses that tried to go to the lead and my horse relaxed pretty well behind them…I was just waiting to (get into) the stretch to let him run, that’s what (he) did.  Around the turn before the stretch, I checked, I went outside and I was clear and he started running again.

“I want to thank the owners and the trainer for this beautiful opportunity. Thanks guys.”


JOHN SHIRREFFS, EXPRESS TRAIN, WINNER: “We knew there was plenty of speed in the race and it worked out fine.  Juan fits this horse very well, show me a horse he doesn’t fit.  When you speak to him, he exudes confidence.  He’s a rider.  We’ll stay home and run in the Big ‘Cap (Grade I, 1 ¼ miles on March 6).”

NOTES:  The winning owner is C R K Stable, LLC.