DEL MAR, CALIFORNIA WEDNESDAY, JULY 31, 2013
ALBERTO DELGADO (California Chrome, winner) – “This is my first win at Del Mar and, obviously, to do it in a hundred grander is very special. I’m pumped. This is a nice colt and I’m tickled I got to ride him again. I broke his maiden (May 17 at Betfair Hollywood Park) and the next day I broke my ankle. When he came back and ran last time (a fifth-place finish in Willard Proctor Memorial at Betfair Hollywood Park on June 15), I couldn’t ride and I was sick about it. But they put me back on today and I’m just delighted. He’s a nice colt and he’s going to get better.”
JOE TALAMO (Moving Desert, second) – “She’s a nice little filly. When I got her out (turning for home), I thought I was going to catch that 8 horse (California Chrome). But he just kept on running.”
RAFAEL BEJARANO (Gangnam Guy, third) – “I wasn’t ready for the break and we missed it. It cost me my position right to start. And he came running late. I don’t know if we were going to catch the winner, but it cost me second (place) for sure.”
ART SHERMAN (California Chrome, winner) -- “He was a little bit green (when fifth in the Willard Proctor Memorial last out). I could see him ducking in and out, so I put blinkers on him. Alberto (Delgado) knows him so well and you could see today that he was all business. We might run him in the Futurity and see what happens. I think the farther he goes the better.”
SPLITS: :22.32 :45.82 :57.44 1:03.48
The win was the first ever at Del Mar for Delgado.
The stakes win was the first of the meet and the first in the Graduation for Sherman. He now has nine stakes wins at Del Mar.
The owners and breeders of the winner are Steve Coburn of Wellington, NV, and Perry Martin of Yuba City, CA.