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January 8, 2012

JOCKEY QUOTES

RAFAEL BEJARANO, CARACORTADO, WINNER: “I knew I had a lot of horse so I didn’t want to use him too early. I just tried to follow instructions from the trainer. He told me before the race to wait, and as soon as I crossed the dirt that I would have a good turn of foot from the horse. He said not to go too early and just wait for one big run. As soon as I closed the door my horse was flying. This is the first horse that I’ve rode that has this kind of finishing speed. He showed me a big kick. It was unbelievable.”

TRAINER QUOTES

January 7, 2012

JOCKEY QUOTES

January 2, 2012

JOCKEYS

GARRETT GOMEZ, MIZDIRECTION, WINNER: “My horse broke running and she got up on her feet right away. I didn’t expect to have any horses in front of me because I didn’t feel like there was that much speed. I thought maybe O’Neill’s filly (Separate Forest) and Marty’s filly (Unzip Me) would show the most speed and I’d be somewhere right behind them.

January 1, 2012

JOCKEY QUOTES

GARRETT GOMEZ, RUMOR, WINNER: “Going up the backside, the five horse (Equitana) was getting out, so I dropped my filly down to the inside. There was plenty of room so I let her slide up in there and I let out a notch to secure a spot. When we turned for home I asked her and she was there for me. Richard’s taken his time and he’s done a tremendous job with her.”

TRAINER QUOTES

December 31, 2011

JOCKEY QUOTES

ALONSO QUINONEZ, CHIPS ALL IN, WINNER: “My horse was just galloping around there. I knew the leader (Champions Gate) was going really easy, so I didn’t want him to get the jump on me. I knew Gomez (on Sheer Talent) was right behind me going to the far turn and I didn’t want to let him push me out, so I had to hold my position. When we turned for home, he put himself in the race and when I hit him left-handed, he re-broke.

JOCKEY QUOTES

VICTOR ESPINOZA, TEDDY’S PROMISE, WINNER: “The last time that she ran, I really liked her. Today I thought she was ready, and I thought she would like it better over here on the dirt. I had so much horse today I wasn’t expecting anybody to come near me. She’s a runner.”

December 26, 2011

JOCKEY QUOTES

MIKE SMITH, ISMENE, WINNER: “She’s extremely talented, to say the least. What’s exciting about her is there’s room to improve. She’s learning to relax and to rate and she wants to learn. She was a little fresh leaving the gate today, but she settled right down. I definitely think she can stretch out the way she’s improving.”

JOCKEY QUOTES

GARRETT GOMEZ, GOT EVEN, WINNER: “I didn’t really expect him to show that much speed but he was doing it well, with his ears up. I knew he was shortening up and I really didn’t know what to expect, but he was able to clear ‘em and stretch ‘em out pretty good. The way it worked out, he took most of the run out of ‘em. When we turned for home, I went ahead and asked him for what he had. When we passed the eighth pole, he kind of flattened out a little bit, but he had enough left.”