DAVID FLORES, SHAKIN IT UP, WINNER: (In response to being back on this horse) “It reminds me of the good ol’ days. It brings me back to a time when I was riding these kind of horses, and it’s good to be back on a horse like this.”
(This was almost a blanket finish, how was it working your way through that traffic?) “He put me in a spot I wasn’t expecting. He put me in the race right away, so I just had to be patient and wait for the pocket to open, and that’s pretty much what happened. When I asked him to go he accelerated, a tremendous acceleration.”
“I say a mile and a quarter. That will be (Bob) Baffert’s job. All I have to do is do the right thing on the horse when I get on him. I want to thank Bob and Mike Pegram and all the rest of the crew; it’s amazing to be on a horse like this.
(Is it exciting, after all these years, to be back on a Derby prospect?)
“Absolutely! That’s my dream that I’m chasing everyday. I still go to the mountains to keep myself in great shape because you never know when it’s going to come. You have to be prepared for a horse like this.”
JOE TALAMO, TREASURY BILL, SECOND: “He finished real strong. I was real proud of him from coming out of a maiden race to run a race like this today. He was kind of dragging me up there today, which I like, because he usually gets off the bit the last part and comes running, but I thought that was a great effort today.
RAFAEL BEJARANO, BELVIN, 9-5 FAVORITE, SIXTH: “He broke good and I didn’t have a problem getting the lead because the pace was really slow for these kinds of horses. I had a little pressure from the other horse (Caballo Del Cielo), but my horse relaxed and I gave him a lot of chance to run in the stretch, but I think my horse doesn’t want to go that far.”
BOB BAFFERT, SHAKIN IT UP, WINNER, WAR ACADEMY, FOURTH, AND BELVIN, SIXTH: “He’s (David Flores) done well with him and I was sort of mad at myself for taking him off (in the Hollywood Prevue). I was trying to help Martin (Garcia) out a little bit, but I put David back on and he gets along with him pretty well.
“I really don’t know (what race might be next). He was sort of fresh today. I didn’t really have him super-cranked up for the race, but we’ve always thought highly of him, so we’ll just find something for him, I don’t know.”
On the sire Midnight Lute: “Early on, he had an infection in his throat. That’s why his throat went bad. He would have run all day, Midnight Lute. Unfortunately, he had 60 percent air capacity, but all his foals breathe fine. With him it was probably because he was so big, but it’s pretty encouraging, it’s pretty exciting. We’ve always thought this was a very good horse. It was a very good race . . . It was a tough race.”
RON ELLIS, TREASURY BILL, SECOND: “He started to pull Joe (Talamo) a little earlier than I thought he would down the backside. He got up a little bit closer and got forced a bit wide, but he ran hard, he ran game. I didn’t really think he could compete with these kind of horses going 7 furlongs, so I’m very happy.”
(Any plans for his next race?)
“The plan was, timing wise, was a month from now, go to the Rebel at Oaklawn. I think we might go there. The West’s (owners, Gary and Mary) have Flashback (another three year old with Baffert) who will run in the races here, so they don’t want to hook them up together. So the plan is to go to the Rebel.”
NOTES: The winning owners are Dennis Cardoza of Lothian, Md., and Mike Pegram of Phoenix.