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December 26, 2011

JOCKEY QUOTES

MIKE SMITH, MR. COMMONS, FIRST: "Since I got through it was great. I've learned that you can point this horse at a wall and he'll run through it if I ask him to. He really does everything you tell him so normally when you're that big of a favorite you'll probably go around but I was going to be able to cut the corner and make up three lengths. All I need is a very small seam with him."

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MARTIN GARCIA, THE FACTOR, WINNER: “He was really sharp and was ready to win. Plus, he really likes this track. I decided to let him run and put me wherever he wanted to put me, and look at what he did. I didn’t want to go to the rail today. I wanted to stay a little bit off and if somebody wanted to go, I just let them go and stayed outside. I don’t think there was a horse that could beat him today, he was really sharp.”

November 6, 2011

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BRICE BLANC, ALL STAR HEART, WINNER: “I had a beautiful trip. I just followed Malibu Pier all the way around which was pretty much my strategy. My filly relaxed really nice and did what I wanted her to do at the top of the lane and I was able to out kick her. She has a tremendous finish. She’s a big strong filly who can cover a lot of ground.”

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November 5, 2011

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VICTOR ESPINOZA, JOHN JOHNY JAK, WINNER: “I thought it was going to be easy at the top of the stretch. I let him open up but the horse on the inside was game and kept coming back to stay right with me. I had to calculate my timing right at the wire. This horse is always in the money, he’s always there.”

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October 29, 2011

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RAFAEL BEJARANO, STARLIGHT MAGIC, WINNER: “After we found a position around the first turn she was just cruising. When we turned into the stretch, she was kinda playing around a little bit. She’s a free-running filly with a long stride and a good kick. She’s improving with every race and she’ll go further.”

MARTIN PEDROZA, WILLA B AWESOME, SECOND: “I couldn’t have had a better trip than that one. She’s a nice filly. I was a little bit surprised. I thought she might get tired but she finished running. The other filly just outran me today”

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RAFAEL BEJARANO, ROUSING SERMON, WINNER: “My horse ran really good today. I’ve been working him at Hollywood Park to get him ready for this race. He’s been getting better and better every work, and the last work he did really good. I knew he was going to be tough in this race. When I saw the number three (Motown Men) was hanging out a little bit in the stretch I got my opportunity to get clear and my horse showed me a big kick.”

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RAFAEL BEJARANO, NORVSKY, WINNER: “In the beginning the pace was a little slow so I decided to get in closer. I didn’t want to stay too far back if they were going too slow. When I found my position I got some room in the stretch and just let him go. I was a little worried at the stretch because I had to move early at the three-eighths pole to get him close, then I needed to make another move at the top of the stretch. My horse had enough to keep going and he showed me a big kick.”

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JOEL ROSARIO, COURTSIDE, WINNER: “He likes to run on the lead like that, and at six furlongs that is the way to do it. I just let him get away and hoped that he would hold on. To me it looks like he can hold on perfect at six furlongs. He ran very good today.”

PATRICK VALENZUELA, BOB BLACK JACK, SECOND: “He ran a great race. He’d been out for a while. He ran very fast. He was kind of stuck on the inside. I couldn’t get my way to the outside. He tried. He got second place.

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RAFAEL BEJARANO, UNZIP ME, WINNER: “My agent and I have been working hard. I have to give him a lot of credit. He’s been working really hard every morning and trying to pick the right horses for each race. I’m very happy, and I want to say thanks to all the trainers. They give me the opportunity and keep trusting me, so I try to do my best with all my horses. Today I followed the speed and made one big run. She has improved a lot and she’s getting better. I think she will only keep getting better and better.”

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October 23, 2011

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JOEL ROSARIO, IRISH ART, WINNER: “He ran a very good race today down the hill. I don’t know how good the competition was, but he ran a really good race. The first race where he broke his maiden he went right to the lead but there was not a lot of speed that day. Today he stuck close to the pace, so I think he can do whatever he wants to do.”

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CARLA GAINES, IRISH ART, WINNER: “We were worried about the one hole, but as it turned out, it wasn’t an issue. Look at him. It looks like he didn’t even run. He took to the course like a duck to water.”