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March 6, 2010

JOCKEY QUOTES

MARTIN GARCIA, MISREMEMBERED, WINNER: “I feel amazing, man! This is the first time I rode in the Big ‘Cap and I had the opportunity to make it to the winner’s circle. I’ve been working the horse, and Bob (Baffert) told me to give him a clear break and just not fight him. He wanted me to make one run, and that’s what I did. When my horse got to the lead I knew I still had a lot of horse. When the other horses started to come on, he never pulled up. My horse was able to keep going when the other horse (Neko Bay) was closing.”

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February 21, 2010

JOCKEY QUOTES

RAFAEL BEJARANO, BOURBON BAY, WINNER: “I was in a great position to the first turn. I thought there were two horses with speed, the number eight (Sudden War) and the number nine (Porfido). When we broke from the gate, they took hold of the nine and sent the eight, so I was able to cover my horse up and stay nice and relaxed until the half-mile pole and then I asked him. With the fractions we had, you have to have a lot of horse (to catch the pacesetter), but when you’re on the best horse, it makes it easy. My horse has a really good turn of foot in the stretch.”

February 20, 2010

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DAVID FLORES, BOB BLACK JACK, WINNER: “He’s been working very well and I’ve worked him every week. We have a good connection. He’s a great horse and we’ve had some great memories. Today, he missed the first couple jumps away from the gate, but he’s got so much natural speed, he made the lead right away and he relaxed really well. I was glad that we didn’t get too much pressure to the turn because I was concerned about the last quarter, but he was ready.”

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February 15, 2010

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JOE TALAMO, SIDNEY’S CANDY, WINNER: “I was confident he’d bounce back with a good effort today. John (Sadler) told me to just get a good start and go from there. At the three-eighths I just kind of clucked to him and he got right into the bridle. They’ve done a great job with this horse. I just basically sat on him today and I couldn’t believe that final time (1:20.91), that’s awesome. It’s very exciting to have a horse of this caliber.”

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RAFAEL BEJARANO, TUSCAN EVENING, WINNER: “I knew the number four (Czechers) had speed and that he (Kent Desormeaux) could send her or try to put pressure on me. He sent her, so I wanted to stay behind her and let my horse stay more relaxed. From the three-eighths, my horse has a good turn of foot, she can really fly. She came running and I didn’t have to worry about anybody else coming late. I was on the best horse.”

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February 14, 2010

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ALEX SOLIS, STRIKING DANCER, WINNER: “I had an awesome trip. The trainer (Ken McPeek) called me and just told me, ‘I trust you. Just use your own judgment.’ I was able to save ground around the first turn and when we got to the five-eighths, I moved out where I had a good position and I had some options. She’s an awesome filly and she beat a nice group of horses today.”

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February 13, 2010

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RAFAEL BEJARANO, BLIND LUCK, WINNER: “When we came into the stretch I could see the number three (Crisp) stopping and so we had to go outside of her. There wasn’t much speed, so it was hard to come from off the pace. She’s got a big turn of foot though, and as soon as we crossed the wire, I knew we had won it.”
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PAUL ATKINSON, CARACORTADO, WINNER: “This horse is very mature, he acts like an older horse. You can do anything with him. You can put him on the lead or he’ll relax off the pace like he did today. Going down the backside, I was sitting behind the frontrunners and I really wanted to wait a little longer with him today, but those two horses (Tiz Chrome and American Lion) that were on the lead are good horses and I didn’t want to let them get away from me. Leaving the quarter pole, I asked my horse to go and he went. He finished up like a really nice horse.”

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JOEL ROSARIO, ST TRINIANS, WINNER: “I wanted to keep her outside, because when those other horses stopped, I didn’t want to have to slow her down. Once she gets rolling, I don’t want to get her stopped. She’s a real nice little filly and she always tries hard. She ran huge last time and she did again today.”
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MIKE MITCHELL, ST TRINIANS, WINNER: “You just want your horse to be sharp and she was razor sharp. She’s just training so well. I knew I had a good mare to beat and maybe I beat her with the pace. She ran like I thought she would run.