Quotes - $175,000 Commonwealth Stakes (G3)

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Leandro Moro (assistant to Doug O’Neill, winning trainer of Handsome Mike)

On what made the difference today after three off-the-board finishes

“He has run some really tough races. In the last race, he ran against Game On Dude, who is not an easy horse to beat. It looks like the distance is helping him.”

 

On Handsome Mike’s next race

“Because we train at Del Mar, we’re hoping we can keep him healthy and sound for the Pacific Classic (G1).”

 

Mario Gutierrez (winning rider)

“It was a perfect trip. He broke really good. He was running comfortable the whole way. I waited as much as I could. He responded and we got the win.”

 

Ron Faucheux (trainer of second-place finisher Gantry)

“This is his first time on Polytrack, but he seemed to handle it fine. The extra furlong might have hurt him a bit. But I think it was more the other horse cutting back in distance. I’ve got no complaints. He ran very hard and (jockey) Richard (Eramia) gave him a great ride. I’ve got to get this horse back in the winner’s circle. He’s too good not to be winning races.”

 

Richard E. Eramia (rider of Gantry)

“The horse, he loves this track and he ran a very good race. He broke sharp. No excuse today.”

 

Joe Bravo (rider of third-place finisher Candyman E)

“My horse has got a lot of fight and I really thought he was gonna run a big race. Some horses get a hold of Polytrack and some horses don’t. I really thought we were gonna win on the turn for home. That’s what I get for thinking.”

 

Joel Rosario (rider of fourth-place Bind)

“He broke well, and I saw the horse on the outside (Handsome Mike) come after the horse on the inside (Gantry) and I saw I was going to be laying third, but I was a little too far back. Maybe he needed to be a little closer. There wasn’t a lot of speed. He was just steady the whole way.”

 

Javier Castellano (rider of last-place finisher and beaten favorite Bernie the Maestro)

“I had a beautiful trip behind the (two leaders). I just didn’t have enough horse turning for home.”

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