(Concert Tour wins the G2 San Vicente Stakes / Benoit Photo & Courtesy of Santa Anita)
JOEL ROSARIO, CONCERT TOUR, WINNER: “It was a good trip. After the other horse went to the lead I thought the two horse (The Chosen Vron) was going to go faster, but he took his time and I thought I was in a good spot.
“He was a little green and he cut away a little bit at the last part when I took the lead. I thought that was a good race.”
DRAYDEN VAN DYKE, FREEDOM FIGHTER, SECOND: “He ran huge for being off as long as he has been. They said he has been training lights-out, so he ran like he has been training. Second best today, but a very nice horse.”
BOB BAFFERT, CONCERT TOUR, WINNER: “Freedom Fighter just broke like a rocket ship, he’s really fast and been doing really well. Rosario was trying to teach this horse how to rate a little bit and I thought they were going to get into a speed duel. I think it was a good race for both of them. (Concert Tour & Freedom Fighter) I learned a lot about (Concert Tour), how he wants to run and maybe he doesn’t need blinkers. He’s pretty sharp. That’s why we have these races. Now they go to where I can stretch them out. This horse has two races under his belt, but those were two really good horses.
“I think the timing is perfect for (them). I think from here you can take that big jump that you want to take, he’s going to have to really step it up now but now he’s ready for it.
“He’ll be nominated everywhere, we will see how he comes out of it. He’s pretty keyed up well. He showed his heart and determination. I knew the other horse was going to give him a run for his money and he did. He’s going to improve off of that also.”
NOTES: The winning owners are Gary & Mary West. Jockey Joel Rosario got his second stakes win of the day and third thus far.