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October 6, 2012

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JOE TALAMO, OBVIOUSLY, WINNER: “This is actually the best he has relaxed. He’s definitely got the highest cruising speed of any horse I’ve ever been on. I still can’t get over that he went the half (mile) in 45 and change. That cruising speed of his is unbelievable. Pulling up, I had to get the outrider to grab me; he’s just full of run. I’m excited for the Breeders’ Cup with him. I was very confident with my horse today. Mike’s (Mitchell) done a great job keeping him fresh after his races. Going a mile, he’s just unbelievable. I feel like I’m family when it comes to Mike (Mitchell). He’s been instrumental to my career and taking me to the next level. He’s always put me on great horses like this and I really appreciate that.”

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PATRICK VALENZUELA, MERIT MAN, WINNER: “I’m feeling a little sore (he missed the last few racing days with knee issues), but feel good. Bob Hess has a very nice horse here. He ran a very good race at Del Mar. He kind of blew himself up a little bit when he saw a photographer up past the wire. He looked at him and kind of pulled himself up a little bit but he’s a very nice horse. Two turns, let’s do it.”

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MARTIN GARCIA, COIL, WINNER: “It’s a great opportunity to get this horse back and I did my job.”

DAVID FLORES, CAPITAL ACCOUNT, SECOND: “I always like the extra sixteenth for him but I was trying my best to get this guy working early. For some reason I couldn’t save ground on the last turn, but I was attacking the horse I needed to, Coil. He was the horse to beat. I tried to stay as close as I possibly could to him but he got away a little bit at the top of the stretch. My horse showed nice talent at the end. It was very close at the end but I knew it would have taken a couple more jumps to beat the winner. I have to give great credit to my horse because when I asked him to go he was responding. Maybe next time I’ll have to go a little bit earlier.”

September 30, 2012

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GARRETT GOMEZ, SLIM SHADEY, WINNER: “Simon (Callaghan) wanted me to be laying close with him, if not, then just off the horse on the lead. We felt like there wasn’t a lot of pace in the race, and if he was willing to do so, lay second like I did with him in his last race at Del Mar. Today he was fresh and he really caught me unexpectedly. I never really expected him to be pulling me on the lead like that. I had trouble getting him to settle into a good stride.

September 29, 2012

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RAFAEL BEJARANO, EXECUTIVEPRIVILEGE, WINNER: “She impressed me today. When I saw a lot of scratches in the race, especially the speed, I had no choice but to send her. She brought me to the lead easy and I was concerned a little bit, but after the first turn I knew I had so much horse. She was so relaxed. I think after this race she’ll be ready for the Breeders’ Cup. She’s going to be tough.”

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RAFAEL BEJARANO, POWER BROKER, WINNER: “This horse has turned out really good. I’m surprised with the way he ran today, he was amazing. It was the first time he ran on this track at this distance and it looked like he loved this track. It’s important to be on the lead right now, and it was easy to find early position right away.”

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MARTIN GARCIA, LOVE AND PRIDE, WINNER: “The instructions were to let her break and
not fight her, just let her be happy. That’s exactly how the race turned out. I let her break, sat, then when it was time to go she just finished the job. I’m very lucky to ride this beautiful horse and I will pray to see if I can stay with her.”

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GARRETT GOMEZ, MARKETING MIX, WINNER: “You never know how things are actually going to set up in a race. I know this mare; she’s really handy about what needs to be done at certain parts of the race. She’s just pure class. She was able to listen to what I was asking of her. I saw the two leaders hook up early on. They opened up six or seven on us, and I was using the next two horses as my cover but they just couldn’t keep up. I enjoy using my cover to pull me to the leader but I ended being the one that was starting to pull the rest of them along.

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RAFAEL BEJARANO, GAME ON DUDE, WINNER: “I knew the number two horse (Winning Machine) was going to send. My horse broke so fast from the gate that I let the other horse send a little bit to make sure I could hold my horse and put him in better position. After that the race was done because he was much the best horse in the race.”

September 28, 2012

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COREY NAKATANI, UNBRIDLED’S NOTE, WINNER: “It’s an honor to win this race. Eddie was one of the guys I idolized when I first started. It’s good to get that first stakes win for the meet out of the way. This horse is a good enough horse to put me in the position I needed to be in to win. The key is if they handle it, and he handled it just fine. It’s Eddie D.’s day today though. He’s a great asset to the sport.”