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September 29, 2012

JOCKEY QUOTES

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

JOCKEY QUOTES

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.”

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

JOCKEY QUOTES

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

JOCKEY QUOTES

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

JOCKEY QUOTES

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.”

TRAINER QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES

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.