JOCKEY QUOTES DRAYDEN VAN DYKE, TRUE VALOUR, WINNER: “Simon told me to keep him covered up, that’s the main thing. If he sees daylight, he gets aggressive, which he was early. From there, I just tried to find a path and someone to follow. I knew I had won, they (the placing judges) were trying to figure out who was second and third.” TRAINER QUOTESSIMON CALLAGHAN, TRUE VALOUR, WINNER: “He’s such a cool horse he always comes up and shows a big showing. It was nice to get the head bob today.“He had some time off after the Thunder Road stakes (Feb. 9) due to some minor bone bruising and we wanted to give him some time off. We felt we had him really fit today. He was pretty fresh early, he pulled Drayden early, gave him a perfect ride, he sprint quick to the front and it worked out well. He needs to play his cards where they lay and Drayden certainly did that.“Qatar (Racing Limited) may want to go for the Breeders’ Cup Mile, it’s here and he’s shown a pretty good affinity for the track as far as his last two races, it will be tougher but they might want to take a shot.”VAL BRINKERHOFF, CO-OWNER, TRAINER RESTRAINEDVENGENCE, SECOND: “I’m tickled to death. He’d been training great, lights out. I kept telling some of these agents that, but I had a heckuva time getting a jock. It worked out, ’cause Martin rode him great. Last time out up at Golden Gate, he didn’t even have to get off a gallop, that’s how easy he won up there. He’s just now coming into himself. He was still aggressive today, but he’s calming down.”NOTES: The winning owners are Qatar Racing Limited.
Poll: Washington voters favoring liquor initiativeOLYMPIA — Western Washington voters are showing support for the initiative to privatize liquor, despite anti-privatization ads appealing to voters’ sense of community safety.Costco’s record-breaking contribution of $22 million may be paying off. Fifty percent of Western Washington voters outside Puget Sound — including Clark County — favored the initiative compared with 44 percent opposed, according to a poll released Monday by the University of Washington.While Costco has been the main source of funding for promoting 1183, the biggest contributors against the initiative are beer and wine distributors, at both the state and national level.“It’s more than ironic, I think it’s despicable. Frankly, it’s hypocrisy,” said Kathryn Stenger, spokeswoman for the I-1183 campaign. Stenger said she had doubts about how concerned national alcohol distributors are about Washington communities and finds it ridiculous that beer and wine distributors were funding ads aimed against alcohol.“These are organizations which have actually fought Mothers Against Drunk Driving on a national level when they tried to get stronger DUI regulation,” Stenger said.Clark County alcohol distributors have shown little opposition to the measure. No local distributors have made direct contributions to either side of the initiative.