JOE TALAMO, SAHARA SKY, WINNER: “They had a real hot pace; it really set up good for us today. I’ll tell you what; this horse is one of those that only gets better with age. Jerry (Hollendorfer) has done a great job with him. He runs well fresh. It was going so fast up there and they stopped pretty good for us, but my horse was really running the last part.”

(If he thinks the horse can stretch out)
“I think he loved it. Anywhere from six to seven furlongs, he’s just a great sprinter. I think anything with one turn he’ll be good at. I think he can definitely stretch out to a mile especially. The way he’s running right now, his confidence is so high I can’t see why he wouldn’t stretch out.”

GARRETT GOMEZ, THE LUMBER GUY, 19-10 FAVORITE, SEVENTH: “I had a perfect trip. He traveled beautifully, but when the running started, the horse never came up underneath me. We’ll have to go back to the drawing board.”


JERRY HOLLENDORFER, SAHARA SKY, WINNER: “I think Joe (Talamo) wanted to be a little bit closer . . . He got a good trip and it was just about a perfect ride, you might say. I hope he can maintain it (his winning pattern). He sure is a nice horse.”

Asked how far he might go: “I think he’ll run a good mile. We’ll talk a little bit about (running in) the Met Mile (Grade I at Belmont Park on Memorial Day, May 27). We wouldn’t mind doing that, too (running in the Potrero Grande Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs here on April 6).”

KIM LLOYD, WHO RACES AS SWEETWATER STABLE AND OWNS THE 5-YEAR-OLD IN PARTNERSHIP WITH HOLLENDORFER: “This horse is a different horse this year. He’s run well all the time, but he would put so much into his races when he was fresh that he didn’t seem to have that same finish in his subsequent races. He’s matured now though and he’s firing back to back. He might be a pretty good horse.”

NEIL DRYSDALE, THE LUMBER GUY, SEVENTH: (After the Malibu you said The Lumber Guy just didn’t like the track that day, is that what you think happened here?) “Yeah, he came out with a quarter crack, we ran him with a quarter crack and the rider (Garrett Gomez) feels it’s still bothering him.”

NOTES: The winning owners are Hollendorfer, of Port Richmond, CA, and Kim Lloyd, who races as Sweetwater Stable, of Claremont, CA.