Both De Seroux and Gomez would have preferred a smoother race for Trotamondo.
"That wasn't the trip I had planned on," Gomez said. "I thought I'd be back there by myself. As we started to pick up horses at the five-eighths pole, I was sandwiched between horses, not where I wanted to be. I was having to ask him to do things I didn't want to have to do. Instead of one run, I had to ask him for two, three, four runs during this race. It takes a very good horse to do that.
"His margin of victory might not have been very far, but he was a lot more impressive for the way he did it," Gomez added. "I think this horse could be any kind of horse. It's hard to judge them, coming from another country. But coming off a year's layoff to run the way he did the first time, and then to win like this, it takes a good horse to do this."De Seroux was relieved with the result."I hate for a horse to have to run through that much dirt and breathe it in," she said. "I thought down the backside that Garrett was in a position to stay clear on the outside, but he had to weave his way through and encounter some traffic trouble. But this horse has a lot of heart and managed to get it done."Solis had no complaints aboard the runner-up, who was only starting for the seventh time.
"He ran a winning race, but the winner was best today," he said. "My horse did everything I could have hoped for."Trotamondo, who carried 117 pounds to victory, earned $60,000 for his owners, a partnership headed by Liliana Solari of Chile, and improved his career record to 6-4-1 in 12 starts with a bankroll of $229,343. The chestnut colt won three group I races in succession last year – the Dos Mil Guineas, the Gran Criterium, and the Chilean St. Leger.He paid $5.60, $3.20, and $3 as the 9-5 favorite. Bully Hayes, making his stakes debut for owner/trainer Bruce Headley, returned $5.80 and $4.80, completing a $41.60 exacta. Spellbinder, $8 to show, rounded out a $386.80 trifecta.(Chart, Equibase)