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February 13, 2010

JOCKEY QUOTES

MARTIN GARCIA, JERANIMO, WINNER: “I didn’t know a thing about this horse until this morning. I went by the barn and Mike (Pender, trainer) said he had a little trouble last time, but he’s got a lot of heart and to just ride him with confidence. I got him covered up early and he relaxed real well. At the top of the stretch, a hole opened up and he kicked on really strong.”

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February 7, 2010

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GARRETT GOMEZ, RICHARD’S KID, WINNER: “I stayed down inside with him because there wasn’t a whole lot I could do about it. Nobody was really stopping today, so the only way we were going to overcome that was to save ground. He’s got a great kick.”

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January 30, 2010

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RAFAEL BEJARANO, QUISISANA, WINNER “I let her break on her own, but I wanted to be close to the pace with her. I knew the three (Miss McCall), the seven (Libor Lady), and the 11 (High Resolve), would show a lot of speed. When we got to the stretch, we were in a perfect position and I gave her a chance to switch leads and she kept running. She was really tough today.”

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JOEL ROSARIO, TIGHT PRECISION, WINNER: “The trainer (Tom Proctor) told me to do whatever I wanted. She’s a very classy filly. Going to the top of the stretch, I saw the three (Pretty Unusual) coming inside of me, but I wasn’t worried. She’s got a real long stride and when I asked her she gave it to me.”

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RUSSELL BAZE, BOLD CHIEFTAIN, WINNER: “This ranks right up there with any race I’ve ever won, anywhere. We were in some pretty tight straights there turning for home. I didn’t know if I was going to get through or not, but a hole presented itself coming to the three-sixteenths and we got through, but then I had to check up and we clipped heels. Even though we got through I had that horse (Unusual Smoke) laying on me and it’s hard for a horse to move when he’s got horses laying on him like that, but he did it.”

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January 24, 2010

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GARRETT GOMEZ, LOUP BRETON, WINNER: “He’s getting better adapted to our American style of racing with each start. He was very handy with me today and he did his job. Around the (far) turn, there was nowhere to go. I was just in a little pocket and it seemed like nothing would develop. On the turf, somebody’s going to stop and somebody’s going to kick on and you wait for that moment when they separate themselves and take advantage of it. He was loaded for bear, but I just had to wait.”

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January 23, 2010

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MARTIN GARCIA, KINSALE KING, WINNER: “It looked like there was a lot of speed in this race and Carl (trainer, O’Callaghan) said to just let him break out of the gate, get him comfortable and make one run. He never gave up, he just kept going.”

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January 16, 2010

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CHANTAL SUTHERLAND, AMEN HALLELUJAH, WINNER: “I hate to say it, but she’s really easy to ride. She’s calm, cool and you don’t have to do much as a jockey. I could see they were going really fast on the lead, and I loved it. The pace was sweet and I didn’t want to move too soon because I didn’t want to get fanned too wide. It was like watching a movie, the way it set up, it couldn’t have been any better. I was concerned about Garrett’s (Gomez, aboard Franny Freud) horse but when I asked my filly she had plenty in reserve. The move she made was just fantastic.”

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TYLER BAZE, PAPA CLEM, WINNER: “I rode my horse with a lot of confidence. I didn’t want to get in a speed duel with Mike (Smith, aboard Smart Bid) around the first turn because we would have just killed each other off. I lost this horse last year when I broke my shoulder and it’s a blessing to get back on him. He’s so game and you can so anything with him. Now, it’s on to the Strub (Stakes, to be run Feb. 6).”

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