$100,000 El Prado Quotes
Trainer Michael Pino (Mr. Online): “It worked out great. I was worried about the horse that was getting blinkers [Hobbs], that he might pressure us a little bit, but then they were interviewing the trainer on [television] and it turns out they wanted to let their horse relax earlier, so that gave me a little more confidence. He had the rail and could get right on out of there. I didn’t want anyone to go head-to-head with him.”
“I’ll have to talk to the owner [Tim O’Donohue], but obviously I would be really doubtful about anything over a mile. We’ll take a look. He may have his limits, but he can get the job done.”
Jockey Kendrick Carmouche (Mr. Online): “I got a very easy lead. He broke sharp and coming off the 5 ½- and 6-furlong races, we thought he’d be very forward in the race. Once I got the first quarter slow, I wanted to see if I could slow it down for the half. The more I pulled, the more he slowed down. Once I asked him, he leveled off for me and we got to the winner’s circle.
“We got the perfect post – the 1 hole – with a horse with sprinters speed. The turf was a little soft, but a lot of horses love it.”
Fractions: :25.19, :50.24, 1:14.54, 1:26.71, 1:39.60. Yielding turf course.