3-YEAR-OLDS & UP
75th RUNNING, MAY 18, 2014
6-½ FURLONGS IN STAKES RECORD1:13.72
JOCKEY ANNE SANGUINETTI, WHY NOT BE PERFECT, WINNER: “He’s been training amazing, that’s why we went straight into the stakes instead of waiting for an easier race. We were astounded that he went off at 28-to-1. I felt like I was sitting on a 4-to-5 shot. I had the perfect spot on the outside and I was able to watch everyone else and do what I want. This race played out how I hoped it would. Everybody saw there wasn’t a lot of speed, so they sent their horses. He was a little tired last summer and had run some big races in a row. Sometimes when horses have long campaigns they start to run just a little below themselves. I was a little worried he might not come back to what I knew he was capable of, but once he got here and started training, we all felt like he was back.”
JOCKEY ISAIAS ENRIQUEZ, MR. BOWLING, 6-T0-5 FAVORITE, FOURTH: “We didn't have the trip we expected. We wanted a better start, he was farther off the early pace than he likes. We had a wall in front of us and had to wait around the turn and into the stretch. The hole opened up and then we had to change course. He's better if he can keep up with the speed. Going a mile, he's going to be a better horse.”
NOTES: Why Not Be Perfect (50-9-5-9-$301,145). . .Why Not Be Perfect—claimed for $40,000 at Santa Anita on Oct. 28, 2012—has won 5-of-12 subsequent starts for trainer Jeff Metz and owner John Sanguinetti, who is the father of jockey Anne Sanguinetti. . .Metz and Sanguinetti have four stakes wins at Emerald Downs—three with E Z Kitty in 2013 and Why Not Be Perfect on Sunday. . .At 7-years-old, Why Not Be Perfect is the oldest Governor’s winner since 8-year-old Handy N Bold in 2003. . .Next for 3-year-olds and up: $50,000 Budweiser Handicap, one mile, Sunday, June 15.