Quotes from the $300,000 Rubicon Valley View (G3)

October 28, 2022

Click here for a replay of the race and the post-race interview with winning connections.

Joel Rosario (winning rider of Sparkle Blue)

“(Trainer) Graham (Motion) told me to let her be happy, let her be comfortable. She showed a little bit of speed going into the first turn and she was really happy there. She did great and we had a good trip.”

On getting her off the rail late and into the clear

“It looked like to the inside there the horse in front was coming in a little bit. I was trying to work it out to get her clear outside, and she did, and after that she just went on. It was perfect.”

Rafael Bejarano (rider of runner-up California Angel)

“I had a beautiful rail trip. I was on the rail the whole way. By the three-eighths pole, I had to look for a spot to get out and get in the clear for the stretch. My horse was running at the end. The winner was waiting for me, and when we got close, (the winner) opened up."

George Leonard III (trainer of California Angel)

“She ran her race; the winner just outkicked us today. I was pleased; she came running at the end, but we just could not get to the winner.”

Luis Saez (rider of beaten favorite Majestic Glory-GB, who finished fifth)

“It was a perfect trip. Broke good. It wasn’t a great spot. Coming to the top of the stretch we thought we were going to do something, but she kind of got a little steady. She ran big, she tried.”