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April 4, 2009

JOCKEY QUOTES

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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VICTOR ESPINOZA, ACTING LADY, WINNER: “I couldn’t have asked for a better trip. I didn’t want to fight her, I wanted to try and let her do what she wanted to do. At the half mile pole, I had a decision to make, whether to go inside or out. I decided I wanted to save ground, so I stayed inside and we got lucky. Sometimes it works out and sometimes not, but today we got through and she finished great.”

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March 29, 2009

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RAFAEL BEJARANO, LIBERIAN FREIGHTER, WINNER: “He felt so good in the post parade today and he improved a lot. I knew the seven (My City by the Bay) would show more speed than me, so I decided to let him go and follow him. When I felt pressure from the other horses coming from behind, I let him go and he took off. He finished great.”

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March 28, 2009

JOCKEY QUOTES

VICTOR ESPINOZA, TRIUMPHANT FLIGHT, WINNER: “This horse has such a big heart. He’s tried hard in all of his races. Today, we had the one hole, so we really didn’t have much choice except to just let him run away from there. The fractions helped us and from the three eighths pole to the wire, he picked it up.”

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JOE TALAMO, STREAM CAT, WINNER: “I knew there was a good pace. I figured they went the first half in like 46 and change or 47. My horse switched leads real nice when we turned down the backside and I was able to get through on the inside all the way into the far turn. I knew Big Booster was going to be coming, so at the quarter pole, I wanted to kick away from him and hold on if I could. It worked out great.”

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March 22, 2009

JOCKEY QUOTES

JOEL ROSARIO, BELMONT CAT, WINNER: “She’s a nice filly and she seemed like she was feeling really well today. She was pulling me a little going to the far turn, but she was pretty relaxed most of the way and that’s why she finished so well. I was a little worried when we were between horses late, but she really kicked it.”

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March 21, 2009

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VICTOR ESPINOZA, MIDSHIPS, WINNER: “Bobby (Frankel) told me to just let him run free. He left it up to me and I was very happy with the way he broke out of the gate. I was real confident with how he was running the whole way, he was running very easily.”

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March 14, 2009