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February 26, 2011

JOCKEY QUOTES

JOEL ROSARIO, ULTRA BLEND, WINNER: “I got a little closer this time. She wanted to be closer so I let her do whatever she wanted to do. Art (Sherman) told me there were only four horses in the race and to just let her do what she wants, and that we would probably be closer to the pace since there was not a lot of speed. I was happy to see all the scratches. We took it easy this time, but she’s doing well. She’s a filly that gives you 100 percent in every race.”

TRAINER QUOTES

February 21, 2011

JOCKEY QUOTES

GARRETT GOMEZ, CAMBINA, WINNER: “I broke okay and she settled nicely for me. She galloped down the hill really well and when we crossed the dirt, we didn’t have much ground to make up. She’s small, but she’s got a lotta heart and she’s got a heckuva turn of foot. I thought we were gonna win easy, but that filly inside of us (runner-up, Quiet Oasis) kept fighting back. I thought I got the bob, but she’s so small and when they’re so far apart it’s really tough to tell who got to the wire first.”

TRAINER QUOTES

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.

JOCKEY QUOTES

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.”

TRAINER QUOTES

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

JOCKEY QUOTES

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.”

TRAINER QUOTES

February 6, 2011

JOCKEY QUOTES

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.