(Kiss Today Goodbye Wins the San Antonio / Photo Courtesy of Santa Anita)
From the Santa Anita Media Team:
MIKE SMITH, KISS TODAY GOODBYE, WINNER,: “I was impressed with his last race and I wasn’t even riding him. He ran by me in that last race. I thank Eric Kruljac for the opportunity of riding him and for his great training job. The race was shaping up for him with the speed up front and when it came time to run, he took off. I just guided him around the track.”
ERIC KRULJAC, KISS TODAY GOODBYE, WINNER: “He was always very immature early on. It just took him longer to get to where he is and I think he is really just beginning to mature.
“About four races back he got absolutely sandblasted and was basically eased in the race. I basically told (Mike), ‘he’s better with the kickback but it was a factor that day.’ As you can see when Mike came back, he ate the dirt, the colt has put it all together and Mike gave him an absolutely perfect ride. The pace gods were on our side.
“This was absolutely an owner’s decision. This is a really nice condition race that we are no longer eligible for in about three days. John (Sondereker) uses the third graph and says his numbers looked great but he thought he would move way forward. John said his sheet numbers were going up and up, and he is a numbers guy. The horse is trained like that but as a trainer I look at the older horses and see what they have already done, I go, ‘oh my God what are we doing.’ But he was right! It sure set up well, and the two scratches helped.”
NOTES: The winning owner is John Sondereker.