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February 20, 2011

February 19, 2011

JOCKEY QUOTES

JOEL ROSARIO, CHAMP PEGASUS, WINNER: “The other day (San Marcos Stakes) my horse got a little tired, I don’t know. Maybe a race that went a little further helped a bit. They are both good horses. You saw how the race came out, I only beat him by this much.” Rosario held his thumb and forefinger an inch apart. “I thought I got in front of him a couple of times, but he came back again. I just had a lot of confidence the whole way.”

TRAINER QUOTES

RICHARD MANDELLA, CHAMP PEGASUS, WINNER: “My horse was trying very hard.

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JOEL ROSARIO, SMILING TIGER, WINNER: “He (trainer, Jeff Bonde) told me to send him, but he stumbled leaving the gate so I let him settle and relax. He’s a nice horse, a classy horse. He showed today he can relax and he can run from off the pace.”

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JEFF BONDE, SMILING TIGER, WINNER: “The guy (Joel Rosario) rode a professional race. He did what he had to do. When the situation arose, the horse responded to him. There’s not much to say.”

February 13, 2011

JOCKEY QUOTES

MARTIN GARCIA, ALWAYS A PRINCESS, WINNER: “I wasn’t surprised (that I was given the lead). You can see in the Form that she was the only speed in the race. If you don’t give her any instructions to go fast, then she can relax, and that’s exactly what happened. I just let her break by herself and tried to get along with her. When I asked her, she just took off. “I feel really comfortable and I got to keep going. I feel more than 100 percent. Bob (Baffert) told me it’s going to take a little while to start rolling again and get my confidence back.

February 12, 2011

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JOEL ROSARIO, ANTHONY’S CROSS, WINNER: “He broke a little slow. He showed me a little bit of speed in the first turn and I just let him go to find where he wanted to be. I could see the favorite (Tapizar) was giving (Garrett) Gomez some trouble. I saw (Garrett) Gomez try to take his horse back a bit and his horse fought him a little bit. I stayed a little closer to the pace today but it probably didn’t make the difference in the race. He’s a good horse and it was no surprise to see him run that good.”

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JOEL ROSARIO, VISION IN GOLD, WINNER: “I had a really good trip. Ron told me to let her place herself and I did. We didn’t think we’d be on the lead, but she was comfortable there, so why change it? When we passed the three-quarter pole and started down the backside, she had her ears up and she was very relaxed. At the top of the stretch, when that other horse (Zardana) came up outside of us, my filly was just waiting for competition and she finished really strong. She’s improved a lot in her last two races.”

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February 6, 2011

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RAFAEL BEJARANO, GLADDING, WINNER: “I thought (Joe Talamo) was going to send the seven (Aggie Engineer), but when I saw him take a hold it let me go to the lead really easy. I decided to stay there and stay close to everybody. I was really comfortable with the pace and I was waiting for the stretch. When I felt the other horse (Spurrier) come running from the outside, I made sure to try and keep my horse on the lead down the stretch and let him explode. He showed me a big kick.

February 5, 2011

JOCKEY QUOTE

JOEL ROSARIO, ZAZU, WINNER: “I saw I was going to have a clean trip inside, and I took it. She’s a nice filly. Last time I rode her she finished second to another nice filly (California Nectar) at seven furlongs. Today she showed me a little more and we took it from there. John (Sadler) told me to lie in the saddle and come with one late run. Same thing we always do with nice horses like her.”

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JOHN SADLER, ZAZU, WINNER: “She was second to that other mare (cq, Turbulent Descent) at Hollywood, in the Moccasin Nov.

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JOE TALAMO, FLUKE, WINNER: “We had a perfect trip. I thought we’d be laying second, but it worked out better this way. This horse is better with a target. Sometimes when he gets to the lead too early he throws his ears up and loses focus. He was just perfect today.”

PATRICK VALENZUELA, PROUDINSKY, SECOND: “He ran a great race. I didn’t want to be on the lead, but that’s where I ended up. He was a little fresh today. He kicked when I asked him, but he just couldn’t outrun his stable mate.

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JOEL ROSARIO, TWIRLING CANDY, WINNER: “Mike (Smith) tried to send his horse to the lead and get a clean trip early. It was tough to get my horse to relax for a little bit. Going to the half-mile pole he relaxed really nice for me, which is what I wanted, and I just followed the horse on the lead. He’s a good horse. I followed the horse on the lead, and my horse just did unbelievable. My horse just took me there, and I let him do what he wants to do.”

RAFAEL BEJARANO, TWEEBSTER, SECOND: “No excuses. He ran really well. I was in perfect position.