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March 14, 2009

JOCKEY QUOTES

GARRETT GOMEZ, LIFE IS SWEET, WINNER: “We had a beautiful trip and she relaxed very well for me. Going to the three eighths pole, they were spread three wide in front of me and everybody was looking back for me. She was just galloping along within herself and I was confident she’d be able to quicken when I asked her. When we turned for home, Rosario (Joel, aboard Model) made a right-hand turn in front of us, so we had to deal with that, but it didn’t matter. She’s just a beautiful specimen.”

TRAINER QUOTES

March 8, 2009

JOCKEY QUOTES

DAVID FLORES, APRIL PRIDE, WINNER: “I had a good position and going to the half mile pole, they started coming back to me like they were stopping. I didn’t want to move too soon but I also didn’t want to strangle my filly, so I moved out and just let her run along. Around the turn I decided to just go ahead and get away from the favorite. Turning for home, she was full of run and she finished great.”

GARRETT GOMEZ, SAUCEY EVENING, 7-10 FAVORITE, FOURTH: “She just kind of went through the motions. I don’t have any kind of answers.”

TRAINER QUOTES

March 7, 2009

QUOTES

MIKE SMITH, STARDOM BOUND, WINNER: “It seemed like she got lost out there early. We had a terrible trip. When I moved out with her turning for home, everybody else went out at the same time and we got caught really wide. From the sixteenth pole home, I thought we could grind ‘em down, but I was worried. At the wire though, she put her ears up and she was playing with the pony coming back. Maybe this is the kind of race she needed. I guess you could say it was a not-so-heady ride.”

TRAINER QUOTES

March 1, 2009

JOCKEY QUOTES

TYLER BAZE, BATTLE OF HASTINGS, WINNER: “Last time out it was his first race in this country (Nov. 29, Gr. III Generous Stakes at Hollywood Park), and he was just lost. He didn’t know what he was doing at all. He’s been a handful for Jeff, but I thought he’d run good today because in his last two works, it’s like the light bulb went on. He showed some heart today, splitting horses like he did and I think he’s going to be a really nice horse.”

TRAINER QUOTES

February 28, 2009

JOCKEY QUOTES

GARRETT GOMEZ, MEDZENDEEKRON, WINNER: “He settled real good with me going into the first turn and from there we had a very good trip. I reached back and back-handed him one time and he accelerated well and he ran down some decent horses today.”

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JOCKEY QUOTES

ALEX SOLIS, THE PAMPLEMOUSSE, WINNER: “I’ve never ridden anything like him. The way he’s been training, I expected something like this. He has such a high cruising speed and he’s getting more and more amazing. He has such a good mind and he was real relaxed the whole way. If you want to get an idea of how he’ll do going a mile and a quarter, I switched to my left stick and hit him one time at the eighth pole and he just took off. He’s unbelievable.”

February 22, 2009

JOCKEY QUOTES

ALEX SOLIS, SPRING HOUSE, WINNER: “I learned quite a bit about him the last two times I rode him, but Julio has been working with him and in his last few works he’s figured out what he needed. He’s always had a lot of class. Today, he was on the bit the whole way and when that hole opened up in the stretch, he went through it like a bullet. I thought there would be more pace, but I ended up in a good position and so I had no complaints.”

GARRETT GOMEZ, ZAMBEZI SUN, 9-10 FAVORITE, SIXTH: “He was getting out the whole way with me.

February 21, 2009

JOCKEY QUOTES

GARRETT GOMEZ, GEORGIE BOY, WINNER: “He was very workmanlike today. He’s a better horse when he can sit back and settle like we did. I was glad to see Solis’ horse (Yankee Bravo, with jockey Alex) get rank and take off like he did, that made my job easier. I squeezed him a little at the top of the lane and he responded like it was a morning breeze.