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January 10, 2010

JOCKEY QUOTES

JOEL ROSARIO, CRISP, WINNER: “I watched her run the last time (Dec. 10 maiden win at Hollywood Park), and she was getting out with Bejarano. I wanted to make sure she was relaxed today and I just wanted to put her where she was going to be comfortable. She’s a nice little filly and she did everything I wanted her to do. She finished great.”

TRAINER QUOTES

LARRY BENAVIDEZ, ASSISTANT TO JOHN SADLER, CRISP, WINNER: “I didn’t really give Joel (Rosario) any instructions. I just kind of let him ride his race.”

January 9, 2010

JOCKEY QUOTES

JOEL ROSARIO, ST TRINIANS, WINNER: “The last time I rode her, she won so easy and she was very impressive today. She gets low to the ground and she tries really hard. I don’t know how good she is.”

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MIKE SMITH, NEKO BAY, WINNER: “His last race (third, Gr. III Native Diver Handicap, Dec. 12, Hollywood Park) was better than it seems. We were in behind a slow, slow pace and today John wanted me to get him back and make one run and that’s what he did. The way it turned out, I think his last race set him up perfect for today.”

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January 2, 2010

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JOE TALAMO, CHEROKEE HEAVEN, WINNER: “I had a perfect trip. On paper, it didn’t look like there was that much speed in the race. Marty said to lay close if I wanted to and I did, but they were going faster than we thought they would. It didn’t matter, because my horse was fully loaded the whole way and it was just a matter of when I was going to let him run. Even though we were fairly close-up, I think he came home the last sixteenth in sub-five (seconds). He did it the right way.”

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January 1, 2010

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GARRETT GOMEZ, COMPARI, WINNER: “When I rode him last April, I thought he was a good horse, but when I rode him last time, (Dec. 17, Hollywood Park) off the layoff, I said, ‘He can run a little bit more than I thought he could.’ He’s turned into a classy little horse and Marty’s done a great job with him the past six months. Today, he crossed the dirt really good and I got him lined out, and he came home really good for us.”

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December 28, 2009

JOCKEY QUOTES

VICTOR ESPINOZA, MACIAS, WINNER: “I expected him to show speed today, but he was under control and he settled real nice with me around the first turn. Going to the far turn, I had a lot of horse under me, but I didn’t want to take the lead too soon. I waited as long as I could and when I asked him, he really accelerated. Through the stretch, I knew the other horse (Alfarabi) was running, but there was no worry.”

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December 27, 2009

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VICTOR ESPINOZA, EVENING JEWEL, WINNER: “I like the way she ran. I worked her the other day and I knew she was ready. She worked unbelievable and she ran the same way today. We had a good trip and everything set up good.”

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RAFAEL BEJARANO, PROUDINSKY, WINNER: “It looked like Lava Man was going to be the speed in the race. When the one (Acclamation) broke a little slow, I knew we’d have try to get into position to put some pressure on. When we passed the half-mile pole, the one pressed us from the outside, so I let my horse run to hold our position. At the top of the stretch, I asked him and he gave me a good turn of foot. I could see the seven (favored Loup Breton) was really running on the rail, but my horse was running faster and they couldn’t catch him.”

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December 26, 2009