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April 22, 2012

JOCKEY QUOTES

JOEL ROSARIO, BOURBON BAY, WINNER: “I was probably too far back but I was never worried about it. He’s a great horse and he can handle this distance well. It was pretty close. Right in the middle of the race I thought they were probably going a little too quick for the distance.

April 21, 2012

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JOE TALAMO, CALIFORNIA FLAG, WINNER: “At the break I just let him get out to the lead. He relaxed fine and did what he is known for. It was almost like déjà vu.”

JOSE VALDIVIA, SAYIF, SECOND: “He ran huge. Patrick told me had been training good and he ran like it, I thought for a second the layoff would hit the other horse, but he [California Flag] won in the Breeders’ Cup [Sprint] a couple years ago, my horse ran big.”

RAFAEL BEJARANO, COMPARI, THIRD: “My horse ran well. No excuse. The horse on the lead never stopped.

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BRICE BLANC, CAPITAL PLAN, WINNER: “Jerry (Hollendorfer) told me to play it by ear. On paper, it looked like the one (Hard Seven) and the three (Glowing Spirit) were going to be the speed of the race. I didn’t know what Joel’s (Rosario) horse was going to do on the outside, and I was kind of waiting to see what he would do. When everybody looked for cover on the front side I kind of just let my filly lope along and I just got a beautiful spot. I felt the momentum from there and I asked her to pick it up.

April 14, 2012

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DAVID FLORES, MIZDIRECTION, WINNER: “I had confidence today, but I was expecting her to have the same turn of foot that she does on grass and it was not like that. The dirt is getting heavier, so it was a bit tiring. When I moved outside I had her chase the leader. She accelerated slowly but she got on it. After the wire she was very happy. It’s good to ride a horse like this. She showed her class today.”

TRAINER QUOTES

April 7, 2012

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MARIO GUTIERREZ, I’LL HAVE ANOTHER, WINNER: “This is so unbelievable. He is such a good horse and he gave me a big kick at the end. There wasn’t any doubt in my mind that my horse would give me everything in the stretch leading up to the wire.”

JOEL ROSARIO, CREATIVE CAUSE, SECOND: “Everything went well. I’ve ridden the winner before (I’ll Have Another) and he can run. My horse gave me 100 percent, but I think we were second-best today. Sometimes it’s hard to keep winning. I waited inside and had a perfect trip.

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MIKE SMITH, LADY OF SHAMROCK, WINNER:“This filly is really fun to ride because she has quite a turn of foot. She’s kind of a tall lanky filly, but she gets over the grass unbelievably.”

GARRETT GOMEZ, BYRAMA SECOND: “I’ve ridden both (Byrama and Lady of Shamrock), and that filly’s probably just a better filly right now. I had a really good trip and had a decent setup in front of me, but she ran a respectable race. Everything worked out well, and we were just second best today.”

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MIKE SMITH, AMAZOMBIE, WINNER: “I’m really just beside myself right now. For it to happen on Amazombie is so fitting. Who could have drawn it up any better? I’m just really happy that I finally got to 5,000. Those last two wins were tough. I’m glad that I got it over with. I was a little bit concerned at the quarter-pole today, but by the time I reached the eighth-pole I was very comfortable. This horse is a champ.”

Further comments on 5,000 wins:

“The times that are the happiest seem to come with a big relief after.

April 1, 2012

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ALONSO QUINONEZ, CALIMONCO, WINNER: “I thought I moved a little too soon, but I had to go when I saw a hole open up. He was very game when I asked him today. He attacked the horse on the lead and he never gave up. When he got to the lead he kind of waited a little, but when the other horse on the outside came to him he turned him away.”

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March 31, 2012

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ESWAN FLORES, WARREN’S AMBER, WINNER: “My horse helped me out a lot. This filly just kept running. I want to thank Jorge (Gutierrez) for the opportunity. He trained the filly very good and she was sharp. She did it all.”
MIKE SMITH, STARLIGHT MAGIC, SECOND: “She’s a nice, nice, mare. She hadn’t run in a while and it showed a little bit today. I hit the front and when I did she started to get a bit tired at the end. If she had another work under her belt we probably would have got there.”