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October 22, 2011

JOCKEY QUOTES

PATRICK VALENZUELA, ISMENE, WINNER: “I worked her at Del Mar and she worked very well for me down there. I knew she would pop the first time out. She’s a Cal-bred and today she ran against some good fillies. She sure did her thing today.”
When asked about trainer Bill Spawr’s directions to take a hold of her at the start: “She broke so good you’ve got to call an audible when those things happen. I did take a hold of her anyways and waited maybe one run out with her, but unfortunately she was on the lead, but it was fortunate for me.”

October 16, 2011

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MARTIN GARCIA, UP IN TIME, WINNER: “The race set up perfect. She’s a good filly and she took me to where I wanted to be. I wanted to get the jump on the other horses, and that’s exactly what happened. When I asked her she just took off. I’m very lucky to ride for Simon Callaghan because he doesn’t ride that many jocks, just the lucky ones I guess.”

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October 15, 2011

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MARTIN PEDROZA, ULTIMATE EAGLE, WINNER: “I really didn’t want to be in a speed duel, but I had a fast horse and had to use it to my advantage. I had an inside post and the other speed horse came beside me and I took advantage of that into the first turn. My horse was going fast but he was pretty comfortable. There was never a doubt in my mind he could run this big. In my mind he was not 40-1 or whatever his odds were. I like this horse and I told Mike “wow” when I worked him last. That’s all I can say about this horse.”

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October 10, 2011

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PATRICK VALENZUELA, CALIFORNIA FLAG, WINNER: “He ran a great race. He relaxed, sat behind the leaders and moved up around the turn. I had horse coming across the dirt and he just kicked on and fought it out hard. He’s a fighter. He ran a good race down at Del Mar on the synthetic, but he does like the turf a lot better.”

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October 9, 2011

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JOEL ROSARIO, HOME SWEET ASPEN, WINNER: “It was easy because she went to the lead, and that’s how she likes to run. I had to keep her working coming for home. A couple horses started coming a little bit, but she started kicking away. There were some tough horses in here.”

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October 8, 2011

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MIKE SMITH, AMAZOMBIE, WINNER: “He just oozes class. You have to really give a lot of credit to Bill (Spawr) and his crew. He’s a big strong horse and Bill just keeps him happy, sound, and fit. He just runs dynamite and never runs a bad one. Today was one of his very good ones, and being back on dirt helps a real lot. He deserves his chance now in the Breeders’ Cup. He’s got great tactical speed, a great turn of foot, and a race at Churchill Downs could really set up well for him. We’ll see what happens.”

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MARTIN GARCIA, JERANIMO, WINNER: “He has been running with some really tough horses so I think the group today was the perfect kind for him. I let him run and do whatever he wanted to do, so he put himself in that position. I didn’t expect that I would have that much horse, but he’s a good horse.”

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October 2, 2011

JOCKEY QUOTES

PATRICK VALENZUELA, ACCLAMATION, WINNER: “This win feels great. This horse has done everything I asked him to do, and he’s done a lot in the past for other jockeys. He’s just a great, great horse who just gives it his all and lays it out on the racetrack.”
When asked whether he was worried about the oncoming threat of Champ Pegasus: “No, not at all. I had plenty of horse left.”

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