Stakes Quotes

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April 19, 2009

JOCKEY QUOTES

VICTOR ESPINOZA, MIDSHIPS, WINNER: “This is the longest race ever and you have to take your time and be patient. You have to give and take with this horse. You can’t argue with him, but you have to let him know he needs to relax. The hardest part is the first half mile. I try to let him know there’s a long way to go and I try to get him comfortable and into his own rhythm. He’s an unbelievable horse and I knew going in that the distance wasn’t going to be a problem because I had a lot left last time (1 ½ miles San Luis Rey Handicap on Mar. 29).”

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April 18, 2009

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JOEL ROSARIO, MR GRUFF, WINNER: “We went pretty fast the first half (mile), but my horse likes to be on the lead, so I sent him. After the first half, he relaxed pretty good and he went all the way.

WHEN ASKED ABOUT BEING OFF MOUNTS WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY: “I had the flu and I was sore all over. I took a lot of medicine and I’m feeling much better. It’s been a great meet, very nice and I appreciate all the opportunities I’ve had.”

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ALEX SOLIS, MAGICAL FANTASY, WINNER: “I had a perfect trip until we got to the three eighths pole. Espinoza (Victor, aboard Toque de Queda) came up inside on the rail and I had to put the brakes on and I lost all my momentum. She got back into the race right away though, and we got the job done, but she should have won by two or three lengths. She’s a nice filly and getting back on the grass is better for her. I knew it was close and to be honest, I wasn’t sure if she had her nose down on the wire.”

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April 12, 2009

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TYLER BAZE, GOTTA HAVE HER, WINNER: “She stumbled out of the gate and I just rode her with confidence. She’s really a nice filly and I was impressed with the way she ran last time. When she stumbled I just had to sit there and let her tell me what she wanted to do and point her in the right direction. Jenine (Sahadi) said don’t move until you get back on the grass, so I waited until we crossed. We hit the grass again, I hit her a few times and she just flew home. I have all the confidence in this filly; she’s just unbelievable to ride.”

April 11, 2009

JOCKEY QUOTES

TYLER BAZE, BATTLE OF HASTINGS, WINNER: “I was real wide going into the first turn, so I took back and saved about three lengths. Going to the far turn, I didn’t want to go five wide, so I stayed inside and tried to follow my cousin (Mike Baze, aboard Dover Street Art). We barely found a seam around the turn and there was a lot of bumping inside and outside. When I hit him left handed, he swapped leads and just took off. I’m looking forward to bigger and better things from him.”

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April 5, 2009

April 4, 2009

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JOSE VALDIVIA, RAIL TRIP, WINNER: “Going into the far turn, he started picking up the bridle and that’s a good thing. He was going so easily, I didn’t want to take hold of him at that point. I was a little bit surprised at the wire, but he picked it up again on the gallop out. Based on the way he galloped out, I’m confident he’s got a lot left in the tank and I’m confident he’ll get a mile and a sixteenth at Hollywood Park.”

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TYLER BAZE, DIXIE CHATTER, WINNER: “It was perfect. We tried to sit down the whole way, went around a tired horse at the 3/8 pole, just sat on the rail and really waited to see how it was going to unfold in front me. It got tight for a few strides but we just waited a little longer with him.”

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MICHAEL BAZE, SOUL CITY SLEW, WINNER: “The race went the way we planned it. He broke clean and he loves to relax early. Every time I ride him, when I ask him, he just explodes. I know last time out it was for a tag ($50,000 claiming win), but Jack said he was doing super and acting really good. He ran the same way today that he did last time.”

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