The connections of Kentucky Derby (G1) contender PREMIER PEGASUS (Fusaichi Pegasus) were still basking in the glow of his 7 3/4-length conquest of Saturday's San Felipe S. (G2).
"He looked great after the race and we'll take a look at the Santa Anita Derby ([G1] on April 9) as the next step," said Raxon Cho, 17-year-old son of Myung Kwon Cho, 68-year-old owner/breeder/trainer of Premier Pegasus.
The Chos had plenty of reason to celebrate the most decisive San Felipe victory in its 74 runnings, topping Consolidator's 6 1/2-length win in 2005.
"We spent most of the night watching replays of the race," young Cho said. "His margin looked even bigger after watching them."
Raxon has spent most of his young life at the race track, with "my dad teaching me everything. I hope to get my own trainer's license soon."
Jockey Alonso Quinonez and his agent, Vince DeGregory, also were in receipt of kudos Sunday morning. Quinonez ended a 72-race winless streak with his victory on Premier Pegasus, but never lost faith during the month-long drought that began after he won on February 13.
DeGregory, 78 and an agent since 1959, has represented six Hall of Fame riders during his career: Angel Cordero Jr., Chris McCarron, Laffit Pincay Jr., Bill Shoemaker, Jacinto Vasquez and Jorge Velasquez. He received a congratulatory text message Sunday from Cordero and former Southern California riding mainstay Jose Valdivia Jr.
"Alonso's win reminds me of Sham's win in the (1973) Santa Anita Derby," DeGregory said. "But Secretariat beat us in the Kentucky Derby, and the rest is history."
In other post-San Felipe news, trainer Tim Yakteen said that third-placer BENCH POINTS (Benchmark) would be considered for the Santa Anita Derby.
Though trainer David Hofmans was pleased with the fifth-place finish of QUAIL HILL (Candy Ride [Arg]), the Santa Anita Derby is not on the agenda.
It's "out of the picture," Hofmans said. "We'll look for an allowance race."
Quail Hill rallied from last in the field of 10, beaten nearly 11 lengths as the longest shot in the race at 76-1.