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June 29, 2014

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 stretch his legs even more. We got to the three-eighths and it was time to open it up as much as I could. I thought that if I could open up from there they were all going to have a hard time catching me. It worked out.

June 28, 2014

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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 then moved.”

EDWIN MALDONADO, KATHLEEN ROSE, SECOND: “She ran awesome, she’s doing really well. She ran a huge race.

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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.”

JOE TALAMO, SAHARA SKY: “I had an absolutely perfect trip. I wish I had an excuse but he just didn’t fire today.

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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 both turns and I took her out that last part and I had a ton of horse. Peter just told me ‘good luck’ today. Coming off that long of a layoff and to have her in stakes winning shape, I really tip my hat to him.”

GARY STEVENS, FAMOUS ALICE, SECOND: “I had a good trip.

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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 any bit of faith in him.

“From the first time I got on him, I told Sean, ‘This horse will make you. We’ll win the Breeders’ Cup with him.’ I’m just looking forward to that and now we’re goin’ fishing! The guys that keep you going in these smaller barns, it just means so much.

June 22, 2014

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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 could for the end. I know him well, I work him all the time in the mornings so I know what he likes and I know what he doesn’t like; we’re a good pair.”

JOE TALAMO, STORY TO TELL, SECOND: “This is a very nice horse.

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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 off. She’s a really good filly. She got beat by (Seduire) last time out. Seduire is quicker but my filly wants to go longer. I always work her in the mornings, too, so I know her well.”

June 21, 2014

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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 asked her to go, she responded.”

TYLER BAZE, LIVE FOR NOW, SECOND: “She was so full of run at the half-mile pole and I was just sitting in a box there. If I could have got her out anywhere around the half or the three-eighths, I think she wins.

June 14, 2014

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 he was doing it fairly easily. With him, you didn’t have a choice though. His thing is going to the front. If I would have taken him back, we wouldn’t have won. You give him his head and let him do it. He is one of the best I’ve ever sat on.

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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 her so she was able to gain a breather at one point and it was amazing the way she kicked away like she did.

“I’ve won two Grade I’s on the same day before. It was on seven, seven, of seven (July 7, 2007) and I was 17 years old.