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DAYTONA STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES MARTIN GARCIA, BETTYS BAMBINO, WINNER: “My horse hit me in the head and then he hit me in the (right) knee, too, against the gate. He was leaning on my knee that was in between him and the gate. In the moment the win was just exciting with the adrenaline. Now . . […]

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ROBERT J. FRANKEL STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES   VICTOR ESPINOZA, LADY PIMPERNEL, WINNER: “It worked out well this time. I wanted to stay up closer today. Last time, she broke a little slow and we had to make up a lot of ground. Today I wanted to stay closer to the pace, I didn’t want to be too far back. […]

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MIDNIGHT LUTE STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES   MIKE SMITH, DISTINCTIV PASSION, WINNER: “I was just trying to get along with him. The way to keep him going turning for home is to get along with him on the backside. If you can’t do that, they won’t finish for you. I wanted to keep him happy and I was in […]

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MALIBU STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES               MIKE SMITH, SHARED BELIEF, WINNER: “He broke extremely well today which I was really, really happy with. He didn’t go real quick the first quarter mile but we really picked it up from then on; it was a horse race. “I don’t know if people really understand how difficult it is […]

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MATHIS BROTHERS MILE STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES   TYLER BAZE, ALERT BAY, WINNER: “I’m really confident in this horse; the horse is just amazing. I started with him last January. I missed out on riding him at Del Mar when my baby was born, but for the owners to stick with me is just real special. I had so much […]

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LA BREA STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES ELVIS TRUJILLO, SAM’S SISTER, WINNER: “I had a perfect trip. I saw a lot of speed in the race when I looked at it and three or four horses went to the lead. I sat covered up and in the stretch, I was in the clear. “The last sixteenth I could see Rafael […]

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GOLDIKOVA STAKES QUOTES

  JOCKEY QUOTES   JOEL ROSARIO, FILIMBI, WINNER: “She broke well and I could see that everybody else was sending their horse, trying to get a position early so I just let her stay happy where she was at. I know she has a good finish so I waited and when I asked her she […]

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SENATOR KEN MADDY STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES   DENNIS CARR, AMARANTH, WINNER: “With her (Amaranth) it’s pretty straight forward, literally. She’s so fast out of the gate that the hardest thing with her is getting her to relax the first part. I almost did about half way down the backside until Mike Smith’s filly kind of ran up inside of […]

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LAS VEGAS MARATHON QUOTES

  JOCKEY QUOTES   MIGUEL MENA, CARY STREET, WINNER: “I didn’t really want to be that far back early on but they were rockin’ and rollin’ the first part of the race. This horse runs all day so I wasn’t worried about it when they went out there so quick. He likes this distance; the […]

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AUTUMN MISS STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES   COREY NAKATANI, LEXIE LOU, WINNER: “Back when she won the Queen’s Plate (1 ¼ miles at Woodbine against Canadian-breds July 6) I spoke with Gary (Barber, owner) during Del Mar about going up there to ride her. If (regular rider) Patrick Husbands rode another horse in that race I would have gotten […]

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CALIFORNIA FLAG HANDICAP QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES RAFAEL BEJARANO, BOOZER, WINNER: “I didn’t expect to get the lead too easy. He can run anywhere, but he likes to be up close; one, two or three and he’ll run well. I thought Super Ability would go straight to the lead but he broke a little slow, so I took us straight […]

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SPEAKEASY STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES               MARTIN GARCIA, LORD NELSON, WINNER: (Breaking from the 10 post)”He had a really good trip. The speed (All Indians and Social Request) came up inside of us and there wasn’t much room. They pushed us around a little so I just let him go and he took off. I think that’s […]

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CALIFORNIA DISTAFF HANDICAP QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES   MIKE SMITH, VELVET MESQUITE, WINNER: “She’s a big filly and she broke a little slow. I had to ask her a little when we were making that right-hand turn; I didn’t have much choice. She’s so tall that it took her longer to get up after slipping a little at the start. […]

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SURFER GIRL STAKES QUOTE

  JOCKEY QUOTES   JOE TALAMO, HER EMMYNENCY, WINNER: “Mike (Stidham, trainer) and his assistant Chris (Davis), they’ve done such a great job with her, getting her ready. Really, ever since she broke her maiden they were pointing for the Del Mar Debutante and then this so (it was) a plan well-executed. I’m so glad […]

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ZUMA BEACH STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES   COREY NAKATANI, LUCK OF THE KITTEN, WINNER: “He’s got a lot of ability. He’s got a high cruising speed which is good for 2-year-olds and he’s a big strong colt. I have to thank Wesley (Ward, trainer) and the Ramseys (owners) for giving me the chance to ride him. I got to […]

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CITY OF HOPE MILE STAKES QUOTES

  JOCKEY QUOTES   JOE TALAMO, BIG BANE THEORY, WINNER: “We had a perfect trip. I was able to save ground. They were flying up front, goin’ pretty quick which was perfect for us. I saw Soi Phet drifting out on the (far) turn a bit and I had to weave us through a bit […]

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SANTA ANITA SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP STAKES QUOTES

  JOCKEY QUOTES   OLIVIER DOLEUZE, RICH TAPESTRY, WINNER: “He’s such a nice horse. He traveled well and he did what we asked of him today. He’s going to improve from this race so he’ll absolutely be ready for the Breeders’ Cup.”   RAFAEL BEJARANO, GOLDENCENTS, SECOND: “We broke really well but not as fast […]

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L.A. WOMAN STAKES QUOTES

  JOCKEY QUOTES   ELVIS TRUJILLO, TOP KISSER, WINNER: “It was a good race. She broke sharp, we had a good position and I knew they were going too fast on the front end, 21, 44 for the half. I knew they had to stop. I asked her at the quarter pole and she kicked […]

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JOHN HENRY TURF CHAMPIONSHIP STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES   TYLER BAZE, BRIGHT THOUGHT, WINNER: “Being on the lead with Big Kick didn’t bother me at all. I have watched Bright Thought’s replays and I’ve been watching him race for a year-and-a-half. I’ve been trying to get on him for over a year-and-a-half. So when they gave me the opportunity to get […]

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CHANDELIER STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES   RAFAEL BEJARANO, ANGELA RENEE, WINNER: “I knew Conquest Eclipse was going to be tough to beat and I knew that Sunday Sonnet was going to be the speed. I got us right into the race and when I saw Sunday Sonnet go to the lead, I just tried to stay right behind. […]

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AWESOME AGAIN STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES   MIKE SMITH, SHARED BELIEF, WINNER: “They tried to use some tactics on me which made the win today even sweeter. They just kept taking me wide, taking me wide, and I believe if you want to press the pace or take me out a little bit, OK. But doing it at all […]

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RODEO DRIVE STAKES QUOTES

  JOCKEY QUOTES   ROSIE NAPRAVNIK, EMOLLIENT, WINNER: Responding to question about traffic trouble around the first turn: “I had so much horse I knew I could wait until something opened up. I was in a good position and could see where the holes were going to open up and she was really on her […]

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FRONTRUNNER STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES VICTOR ESPINOZA, AMERICAN PHAROAH, WINNER: “All the way he was on a high cruising speed. He has such a long stride. He moves really nice and is light on his feet. When the other horse, (Calculator) got close to me, I encouraged my horse a little. He’s a young so I want to […]

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ZENYATTA STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES               MIKE SMITH, BEHOLDER, WINNER: “She felt great, really good. We were worried about her getting a little tired. We were hoping we could get a bit tired but still win in hand but I had to ride her a little. The second-place mare, Tiz Midnight, is a race-fit mare. She’s run […]

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EDDIE D. STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES JOE TALAMO, HOME RUN KITTEN, WINNER: “He’s a horse that’s better when you put a little pace in front of him. We were disappointed with his last out in the Del Mar Derby because he was training so well. They went pretty slow up front that day, though. I was talking with Dave […]

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SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES VICTOR ESPINOZA, BIG KICK, WINNER: “I wanted to let him run out of there. I didn’t want to rate him too much. I wanted to let him do it and he was doing it comfortably. I wanted to open up two or three lengths and it was so easy so I let him […]

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ROYAL HEROINE STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES ELVIS TRUJILLO, PARRANDA, WINNER: “Yeah, I’m happy with today. I was comfortable that she could finish strong. I knew I had a lot of speed and I was going to move at the five-eighths. Desormeaux’s horse (Dutchessa) being up there with (Kathleen Rose) really helped us today. I sat off those two and […]

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TRIPLE BEND STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES MARTIN GARCIA, DECLASSIFY, WINNER: “I thought I was beat at the top of the stretch. My horse was trying everything, every step of the way. He never gave up. (Cyclometer) moved into me a little bit in the stretch and my horse was intimidated. He responded again though. He’s such a good horse.” […]

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SENORITA STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES JOE TALAMO, SHEZA SMOKE SHOW, WINNER: “I had a lot of horse, but I had to stay busy on her. Once she was out front it seemed like she was waiting on other horses. She ran a great race and we had an absolutely perfect trip. I was able to save ground on […]

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THE GOLD CUP AT SANTA ANITA QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES TYLER BAZE, MAJESTIC HARBOR, WINNER: “To do this for Sean, it means a whole lot for the guy that stood by my side. He gave me an opportunity to ride this horse first time out. I’ve gotten to know him, learn about him and learn how to ride him and I never lost […]

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SANTA ANITA JUVENILE QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES MARIO GUTIERREZ, WAKE UP NICK, WINNER: “It worked out perfect today. I thought that Baffert’s horse was going to go for the lead and my plan was to have us sit close but not to rush him. I did the best I could and these are babies, I wanted to save all I […]

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LANDALUCE STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES MARTIN GARCIA, ENCHANTING LADY, WINNER: “Her last time out, it was too short for her. I had the outside post in here so I could do what I wanted and pick the best position for her. I just started chasing the filly on the lead and when I asked her, she just took […]

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SUMMERTIME OAKS QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES MARTIN GARCIA, JOJO WARRIOR, WINNER: “She’s been running against good horses and she wants to run all day. I knew that I had the rail but she broke well and I put her on the lead and she was comfortable with that. I took advantage of it. She’s really sharp and when I […]

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SHOEMAKER MILE QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES JOE TALAMO, OBVIOUSLY, WINNER: “I knew Pulpit’s Express had a lot of speed and would try and go to the front with us and Winning Prize too, but I didn’t really think we would go as fast as we did. We were rolling right along. He’s all class. He was going fast, but […]

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VANITY STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES JOE TALAMO, IOTAPA, WINNER: “We had a perfect trip. John (Sadler) told me just to send her because we didn’t have much choice once we drew the rail. It didn’t seem like too much speed, so I sent her and we didn’t get pressed too much either. The fractions weren’t too fast for […]

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AMERICAN OAKS QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES SHAUN BRIDGMOHAN, ROOM SERVICE, WINNER: “We had a perfect trip; it really set up well for her style of running. We obviously wanted a little pace to run at and we got it. I happened to work her on the grass at Churchill (five furlongs on May 6) and she’s got a great […]

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CALIFORNIAN STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES JOE TALAMO, CLUBHOUSE RIDE, WINNER: “We had a great trip. We were a little further back than I thought we would be, but we were in a comfortable spot. He seemed to pick it up a little every eighth of a mile and when I saw Corey (Nakatani) drift out a little into […]

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LOS ANGELES STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES EDWIN MALDONADO, CYCLOMETER, WINNER: “Before they scratched the four horse (Wild Dude) I was going to see how my horse broke from the gate and take it from there. When that horse scratched, it turned into a match race between me and the one (Wine Police) so I just figured I would let […]

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GAMELY STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES BRICE BLANC, MISS SERENDIPITY, WINNER: “I tracked Emollient our last time out and my mare backed up on me so I tracked her this time as well, but I was able to ease up today. My mare has been improving with each race. She just needed to get acclimated. She was aggressive her […]

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CHARLES WHITTINGHAM STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES TYLER BAZE, FIRE WITH FIRE, WINNER: “I can do whatever I want with him, he’s very classy. It’s a confidence you get with horses. I know he’s going to be there when I ask him and he’s really shown me, from last year to this year, that he likes being out there on […]

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ADORATION STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES COREY NAKATANI, LET FAITH ARISE, WINNER: “She did everything she was supposed to do. We had to call an audible, because we thought we’d be sitting 1-2 early, but those other two (Yahilwa, ridden by Kent Desormeaux, and Eblouissante, ridden by Gary Stevens) went pretty quick, so we sat back off them and […]

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AMERICAN STAKE QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES JOE TALAMO, OBVIOUSLY, WINNER: “I knew we were rollin’, but I was surprised with how fast we went. He fooled me. I thought we went the three quarters in like 1:09 . . . He’s ageless, he’s truly amazing. I knew Gary (Stevens, aboard Silentio) was going after me, but you can’t take […]

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FRAN’S VALENTINE STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES MARIO GUTIERREZ, DANCINGTOTHESTARS, WINNER: “I got a perfect trip. Unfortunately, there was an objection but looking at the replay, it happened just like I thought it did. I don’t think I needed to do anything differently, I didn’t bother anybody. She responded really well today. She’s always been a great filly. The grass […]

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TIZNOW STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES EDWIN MALDONADO, STORM FIGHTER, WINNER: “It was the plan to go to the lead. There was no speed in the race so we thought we would take advantage of that. I thought one of Hollendorfer’s horses would go with me to pressure us, but we made the lead easy and it was all […]

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SPRING FEVER STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES COREY NAKATANI, TOP KISSER, WINNER: “It was my first time on her today. She sprinted really well when she first started out (going 6 ½ at Hollywood Park in 2012). Dan (Ward) and Jerry (Hollendorfer) give me opportunity after opportunity on horses and I’m so glad she was in the right spot here […]

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MELAIR STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES VICTOR ESPINOZA, ROVENNA, WINNER: “I was surprised that Wonderful Lie went to the lead. I thought Magic Spot would, but not her, but that’s what happens in races, you never know. “She relaxed well. I think she can go either way. She can be on the lead or come from off the pace. […]

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SNOW CHIEF STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES JOE TALAMO, AWESOME RETURN, WINNER: “We had a great trip. I really didn’t think I’d be that close, but they were going pretty slow up front. He’s such a handy horse and Mike Puype has done a great job with him. His workouts have been unbelievable. We just had a perfect trip and […]

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LAST TYCOON STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES JOE TALAMO, QUICK CASABLANA, WINNER: “He looked unbelievable today. I was able to work him the other day and he showed me that turn of foot in the morning too, just exploded. All the credit goes to Ron, this is my first time riding him (in a race.) “I’m always optimistic, no matter […]

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SANTA BARBARA HANDICAP

JOCKEY QUOTES RAFAEL BEJARANO, STORMY LUCY, WINNER: “She was much better today. Her last race, she was rank when she was behind horses but today she relaxed. She and I were really comfortable the whole way, all the way to the three-eighths pole. So, I was confident to come around and let her go. I […]

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SAN SIMEON STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES JOE TALAMO, SWEET SWAP, WINNER: “What a nice horse! What impressed me today was that he was pressured the whole way. He never got a breather at any point so for him to kick away like that was pretty impressive. We figured Lakerville was going to be coming at us so our plan […]

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POTRERO GRANDE STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES TYLER BAZE, BIG MACHER, WINNER: “I had a beautiful trip. I didn’t get too much pressure from the outside and I really just got the perfect trip. I got to do what I wanted out there and I got to keep him happy. “I worked him last week and I have so much […]

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ECHO EDDIE STAKES

JOCKEY QUOTES TYLER BAZE, ALERT BAY, WINNER: “He’s a nice horse. He’ll do anything, dirt, synthetic, any distance, anything! I wanted to break sharp, which he did, because I wanted to keep close to the pace. Halfway down the backside I had a chance to ease him out of the tight spot we were in […]

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SANTA ANITA OAKS QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES GARY STEVENS, FASHION PLATE, WINNER: “I’ve won a few races like this in my day. She was reminding me of Winning Colors going down the backside. I thought if I can keep doing this . . . it’s going to be pretty special. Mike’s (Smith) filly (Ria Antonia) is a good filly. I’ve […]

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EVENING JEWEL STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES VICTOR ESPINOZA, ROVENNA, WINNER: “I don’t know how important it is to be on the lead today, that’s her style anyway. I think the most important thing is to let them do their thing. I wanted to take a little jump at the half-mile pole to open on the field. Sometimes that works […]

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PROVIDENCIA STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES JOE TALAMO, NASHOBA’S GOLD, WINNER: “We just had a perfect trip. I had a lot of horse. I just wanted to keep her out of any trouble. I kept her three or four wide and everything worked out great and we were able to turn the tables today. She is a very special […]

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SANTA ANITA DERBY QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES VICTOR ESPINOZA, CALIFORNIA CHROME, WINNER: “He knows what’s going on (when he goes to the gate). He’s calm and focused, but for some reason, we missed the break a tiny bit, but I put him in the race right away. I didn’t want to get stuck in traffic. It worked out well.” GARY […]

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TOKYO CITY CUP QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES TYLER BAZE, MAJESTIC HARBOR, WINNER: “He’s a really nice horse. I let him find his own pace today. He’s been training really forwardly in the mornings. After I rode him in his last race (Feb. 8 in the Grade II San Antonio) we worked him twice in blinkers, we wanted to keep his […]

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DREAM OF SUMMER STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES COREY NAKATANI, HALO DOLLY, WINNER: “She got a good jump out of the gate, and if it (getting the lead) was going to come easy, we weren’t going to stop her from taking what was easy for her . . . Jerry (Hollendorfer) does a great job with the horses, it doesn’t matter […]

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SAN LUIS REY STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES TYLER BAZE, FIRE WITH FIRE, WINNER: “He was really game today. Last year when I rode him to a third in this race, I think the course was a little bit hard for him that day. Today it was a touch softer, but I just let him go out there and have a […]

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SANTA ANA STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES RAFAEL BEJARANO, STORMY LUCY, WINNER: “It was my first time on her. Today was perfect. She broke well and I got a great position. I got through on the rail and she came flying.” MIKE SMITH, EMOLLIENT, FOURTH: ” . . . It was her first race back. She was a little eager […]

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IRISH O’BRIEN STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES IRVING OROZCO, TRIBAL SPY, WINNER: “My main focus was to come out of the gate first and to gain the lead. Once I was able to control the pace I was just hoping to hang on the final eighth (of a mile.) She knows the turf well and she handled it well today. […]

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SANTA MARGARITA STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES COREY NAKATANI, LET FAITH ARISE, WINNER: “She’s a very willing filly and she’s kept going forward for Jerry (Hollendorfer) and Dan (Ward). She’s showed a few good races (going around two turns) and Jerry thought it may have been quick back into her most recent race but she’s been training well coming into […]

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LAS FLORES STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES JOHN VELAZQUEZ, JUDY THE BEAUTY, WINNER: “When she broke I wanted to make sure she got a position that she was comfortable with. She’s normally more in-hand during the post parade and she was quiet and when she got into the gate she was very quiet. So when we came out of the […]

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SAN FELIPE STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES VICTOR ESPINOZA, CALIFORNIA CHROME, WINNER: “It was great. He ran like I expected him to. Everything worked out today. I wanted to try something new today so I let him go right out of the gate. I don’t know if people expected me to go right to the lead but I wanted to […]

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SAN CARLOS STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES JOEL ROSARIO, SAHARA SKY, WINNER: “It was a really good ride. He was in a little bit of trouble turning for home. I had to try and find some room and as soon as someone gave me enough room I tried to find my way through, and when I asked him he was […]

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FRANK E. KILROE MILE STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES COREY NAKATANI, WINNING PRIZE, WINNER: “I talked to Neil about it this morning, and we felt we were ready if he was going to go ahead and go and do his thing. We knew we could track him. I know this horse didn’t have to be on the lead, but today, it was […]

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SANTA ANITA HANDICAP QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES MIKE SMITH, GAME ON DUDE, WINNER: “I knew he was going to run today. I knew it from the post parade when we turned around to go to the gate. He was on his toes today, he was on fire. He’s like that when he runs well. He ran big; I just had […]

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SANTA YSABEL STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES MIKE SMITH, AWESOME BABY, WINNER: “The game plan was to break and get a clear lead so we could give her a chance to take a breather. “We weren’t sure that she would go long; she didn’t at two. We got the first quarter in twenty-three and it was all her after that. […]

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SENSATIONAL STAR STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES BRICE BLANC, AMBITIOUS BREW, WINNER: “Mike (Smith, regular rider) was out of town today and I worked him the other morning, but I was still a little surprised to see my name on him. It was a very nice surprise; he had worked really well for me. I talked to Mike a little […]

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SANTA ANITA ANNOUNCES SERIES OF FOUR LIVE MONEY HANDICAPPING CONTESTS: MARCH 1 & 2, APRIL 12 & 13, MAY 17 & 18 AND JUNE 28 & 29; ESTIMATED TOTAL PRIZE POOL OF $370,000 AWAITS PLAYERS

CASH PRIZES, NHC TOURNEY BERTHS AMONG MANY PRIZES OFFERED ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 22, 2014)–Santa Anita Park has announced that it will offer a series of four handicapping contests beginning with the “Santa Anita Double-Down Challenge” contest on March 1 & 2, with first prize to include a guaranteed berth to the $750,000 Daily Racing Form, […]

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BUENA VISTA STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES GARY STEVENS, PONTCHATRAIN, WINNER: “I was hoping we would get the trip we did. Tom has done such a good job preparing this filly for this race. “With a filly like her, you can get a perfect trip. She has good gate speed. Those races down the hill, for fillies that are tough […]

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SAN VICENTE STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES JOEL ROSARIO, KOBE’S BACK, WINNER: “Last time he clipped heels and that was a tough race over at Hollywood. He handled the seven furlongs well today. “I’ll talk to my agent, he makes all the calls, all the decisions (on whom I ride) but I like him; today was very impressive and he […]

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SANTA MARIA STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES JOE TALAMO, IOTAPA, WINNER: “We were going pretty slow and that was kind of our plan, to take her to the lead. She was just pricking her ears back and forth. She showed a lot of class today; I was so fortunate to get back on her. This was all class, she’s never […]

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SAN ANTONIO STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES AARON GRYDER, BLINGO, WINNER: “I’m very happy with this race and how (Blingo) positioned himself. I’ve ridden (second-place finisher) Imperative before and he ran one hell of a race today but my horse just kept digging. “I was hoping for a hot pace today and I was real happy with first eighth of […]

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SAN MARCOS STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES VICTOR ESPINOZA, VAGABOND SHOES, WINNER: “Today I wanted to ride smart, sit back and save ground on the first turn. I just wanted to find my way around and it set up well for me. I wanted to control the race and about 300 yards out of the gate I knew I had […]

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ROBERT B. LEWIS STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES GARY STEVENS, CANDY BOY, WINNER: “For a big horse he has a lot of acceleration and confidence on the turn. I was closer than I thought we were going to be today. He’s grown a lot lately, he’s grown but he’s also grown (mentally), too. I’ve been up for his last five works […]

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PALOS VERDES STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES RAFAEL BEJARANO, WILD DUDE, WINNER: “I knew with three horses in the race for Mr. Hollendorfer, I knew Gary (Stevens) was going to send on Moonshine Bay to put a little pressure on the favorite (Martin Garcia, on Secret Circle.) The favorite went to the lead easy, but he was tracking the other […]

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LAS VIRGENES STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES GARY STEVENS, FASHION PLATE, WINNER: “She’s a very cooperative filly. You never know first time going long. I will say, the other day another horse broke in on her during a work and it showed me a lot about her. “She broke very relaxed and I didn’t want to get her rolling (too […]

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ARCADIA STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES RAFAEL BEJARANO, WINNING PRIZE, WINNER: “The last time I rode him at Del Mar, we were on the lead the whole way. This time, I wanted to try something different because I knew there was some speed in here, especially (trainer Steve) Asmussen, with his two horses. I thought he would send one […]

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SANTA MONICA STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES MIKE SMITH, SCHERZINGER, WINNER: “Just a little bit of race-riding today (with a smile). I used her early and got her up there (to the lead) to make Victor (Espinoza, on Teddy’s Promise) to either use his filly or make her take back, one or the other and he chose to take back, […]

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SUNSHINE MILLIONS FILLY AND MARE TURF SPRINT QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES KENT DESORMEAUX, CIAO BELLA LUNA, WINNER: “That went completely opposite of what I thought. I thought we would be way back (early.) She broke horrible her last out so the only thing I did differently was I asked her to leave there (the gate) better. She carried me the rest of the way. […]

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CALIFORNIA CUP OAKS QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES KENT DESORMEAUX, SUSANS EXPRESS, WINNER: “It’s so great to be back in California, especially on Cal-Cup day. We picked this day to come back. The fans make it feel like Breeders’ Cup, I can’t believe the people here. “Jorge (Periban) told me exactly how to ride this filly and obviously it worked out. […]

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DONALD VALPREDO CALIFORNIA CUP SPRINT QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES RAFAEL BEJARANO, BIG MACHER, WINNER: “I thought a few other horses were going to the lead today. Cyclometer didn’t break well so I found my position, I followed the speed and my horse was flying at the end.” KENT DESORMEAUX, COACH BOB, SECOND: “This is the quickest horse I’ve ridden in 10 years […]

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CALIFORNIA CUP TURF CLASSIC QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES JOE TALAMO, WEEWINNIN, WINNER: “I had a perfect trip. I was able to sit right behind a couple of horses and I was hoping if Summer Hit got tired he would move off the rail a bit and it worked out. When he got tired at the quarter pole he moved off the […]

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CALIFORNIA CUP DERBY QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES VICTOR ESPINOZA, CALIFORNIA CHROME, WINNER: “I know he’s doing great but it was his first time at two turns. We wanted to find out if he could go that far and today, he showed he can go the distance. He did it easy. I had to tap him once though just so he […]

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LA CANADA STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES VICTOR ESPINOZA, SPELLBOUND, WINNER: “I knew they were going fast on the front end but I just wanted to focus on my own filly. I wanted her to be happy and I wanted to enjoy the ride. I knew they were going fast so I didn’t want to get too far back (either) […]

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STRUB STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES MIKE SMITH, SHAKIN IT UP, WINNER: “I was really impressed. My main concern was the distance today. He had done it once (ran 1 1/16 miles), and didn’t do so good. Of course, he had a lot of time off after that so I don’t know if that had something to do with […]

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SHAM STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES MIKE SMITH, MIDNIGHT HAWK, WINNER: “It kind of turned into a match race today. Today, more so than winning I wanted to find out if he could go long. If you can’t go long, there’s no use worrying about anything else. He proved he could go long. “He was much better in the […]

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SAN PASQUAL STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES MARTIN PEDROZA, BLUESKIESNRAINBOWS, WINNER: “Everybody seems to think that he has to have the lead, but he doesn’t necessarily. He’s not really quick from the gate, so you have to send him to get position. Once you get him going though, he’s OK. The reason we send him is because of that, he’s […]

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MONROVIA STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES GARY STEVENS, PONTCHATRAIN, WINNER: “Tyler’s filly (Baze, on Camryn Kate) must have jumped in a little bit the first step because my filly’s right rear went down for two strides. She got right back up underneath me but I thought she might have grabbed a quarter; it was pretty severe. But then, boom, […]

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SANTA YNEZ STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES MIKE SMITH, AWESOME BABY, WINNER: “Off her first out, it looked like she would have run better her next two starts. Maybe she just bounced off that first race, or tailed off for some odd reason, I don’t know. Today though, she ran dynamite. She broke really well, was well in hand until […]

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SAN GABRIEL STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES RAFAEL BEJARANO, JERANIMO, WINNER: “This horse loves to sit back and relax. He doesn’t like to be too close to the lead because he gets too excited. He was flying at the end and showed me a huge kick. Nakatani was only four or five lengths in front of me (on pace-setting Slim […]

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ROBERT J. FRANKEL STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES MIKE SMITH, CUSTOMER BASE, WINNER: “I knew the two outside horses would have speed so I could work out a good trip from that point unless I got buried, which could have happened. I thought the main horse to follow was Stormy Lucy, or our other horse (Gulsary) who was behind me so […]

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EDDIE LOGAN STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES GARY STEVENS, ENTERPRISING, WINNER: “He had no clue what he was doing in the beginning. I told Tom (Proctor) he might be like that, but the light turned on at about the eighth pole and he started sprinting. The transition from his first start to today . . . I’ve never had a […]

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DAYTONA STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES COREY NAKATANI, UNBRIDLED’S NOTE, WINNER: “It was pilot error his last race. I thought he was going to be all right since there was no pace in that race but when you come out of the gate at Hollywood, after a sixteenth of a mile or so, it turns. He thought he was […]

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LA BREA STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES GARY STEVENS, HEIR KITTY, WINNER: “Well, I was hoping I could win (a Grade I) today. I’ve got one more chance, too, on Heir of Storm for Pete (Miller in the Grade I Malibu). I mentioned on Twitter the other day that (my) year isn’t over yet. We have two more Grade I’s […]

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SIR BEAUFORT STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES RAFAEL BEJARANO, GERVINHO, WINNER: “(Coming around the final turn), I was in great position, but then I saw the No. 1 horse (Outside Nashville) – he pushed the No. 10 (Si Sage) really bad, so the No. 10 crossed me completely. I almost clipped heels. So that’s why I came out – I […]

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MALIBU STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES DAVID FLORES, SHAKIN IT UP, WINNER: “I was a expecting a good pace. The main thing was to get a good start and to place myself where he could relax and just wait for the turn, when I could get after him. And we timed it just right. We closed the year with […]

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