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Trainer Bob Hess Jr. (Merit Man): "That was a lot of fun. He broke so sharp he (jockey Joel Rosario) really had to go on with him. We love Santa Anita, but for him the series of races for 3-year-olds is better here. We’ll look to run him again in about a month. The ($150,000) Hutcheson (Stakes (G2) on Feb. 2) looks like the logical spot. Everything about him says sprinting and that’s what we’ll concentrate on for now."
Jockey: Joel Rosario (Merit Man): "He's a nice horse and broke well out of the gate. He waited a little bit turning for home but that's how he is. I think he's a nice horse and I know how far he can run, probably 7/8. I'm very glad I had the opportunity to ride him."
Jockey Luis Saez (City of Weston): "I didn't know my horse very well, but he ran unbelievable, I think next time he'll do much better."