Big Cazanova and jockey Evis Trujillo win the Grade III, $200,000 Native Diver Stakes, Saturday, November 29, 2014 at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Del Mar CA.
Native Diver Stakes Quotes
ELVIS TRUJILLO (Big Cazanova, winner) – “He broke slow on me and I had to send him. But he’s such a good horse, I had confidence all the way. I work this horse and I’ve ridden him and I know what a good horse he is. I had confidence all the way today. This horse is just a winner.”
KENT DESORMEAUX (Blue Tone, second) – “I’m amazed at those fractions. Seemed to me we were going a whole lot faster than shows on the board. Funny race. The winner breaks slow, he sends him early and he wins. Funny race.”
GARY STEVENS (Avanzare, third) – “He ran OK, but he didn’t like the kick back. He didn’t like it at all.”
PETER MILLER (Big Cazanova, winner) – “When I saw the second split, I felt good. The first split was a little rapid but when I saw :47, we had no excuse from that point. This horse is really fast and he just kind of runs them off their feet. That’s the way he runs. Elvis did a great job slowing them down that second quarter and then kicking around the 2 ½ (furlongs) before they got to him.”
FRACTIONS: :23.05 :47.26 1:11.73 1:36.41 1:49.28
Winner Big Cazanova holds the track record - 1:48.85 – which he set in an allowance/optional claimer on August 28 of this year.
This is the first time the Hollywood Derby has been run at Del Mar. Previously it was run 35 times at Hollywood Park.
The stakes win was the first of the meet for Elvis Trujillo. It is his second stakes win at Del Mar.
The stakes win was the second of the meet for Peter Miller. He now has nine stakes wins at Del Mar.
Big Cazanova’s owners are Adam Wachtel (Wachtel Stable) of Briar Cliff Manor, NY, Gary Barber of Los Angeles and Niles Brous (Brous Stable) of New York, NY.