(Newgrange wins the G3 Sham Stakes / Photo Courtesy of Santa Anita)

From the Santa Anita Media Team:


JOHN VELEZQUEZ, NEWGRANGE, WINNER: “There was one speed, the other Bob Baffert horse (Rockefeller) and I’m pretty sure he didn’t want them in a head and head. He told me to put my horse on the lead. Once my horse got to the lead he waited. I took a little hold of him and he kind of started waiting for the horses, so I started waiting for the horses to come to him, by the time we got to the backside I kind of let him do his own thing. I let him get in a comfortable rhythm, after that it was pretty easy though.

” He’s so green, he feels like he got on by himself, he was waiting for horses so, I had to give him a little reminder to keep his mind on running and his gallop out was pretty good so it still seems like he’s learning.”


BOB BAFFERT, NEWGRANGE, WINNER: “He looked good.  He had been training really well and working together with Rockefeller (finished second and trained by Baffert).  The quality is there.  I’m happy we have a great team and we are moving forward with him.  I thought Rockefeller would be a little closer.  We’ll have to figure things out on where the two go from here.”

NOTES: The winning owners are Golconda Stable, Madaket Stables LLC, SF Racing LLC, Siena Farm LLC, Starlight Racing, Stonestreet Stables, LLC, Waves Edge Capital LLC, Catherine Donovan, Robert E. Masterson, and Jay A.  Schoenfarber.