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September 29, 2013


GARY STEVENS, INDY POINT, WINNER: “I can’t say that we had a plan. He’s a strong-willed horse and we kinda out-thought ourselves in the Arlington Million. Today, I just threw his head away from there and let him run free with a long rein.”

WHEN ASKED ABOUT RIDING FOUR STAKES WINNERS, THREE OF THEM GRADED, OVER THE WEEKEND: “My son (T.C.) won a race last night at Churchill and that was really special. My mom had a stroke last Monday though, and that’s really put everything in perspective.

September 28, 2013


ROSIE NAPRAVNIK, SECRET COMPASS, WINNER: “I was worried when I got to Gary’s (Stevens) horse that he would sprint away. He did for a little bit but my filly just kept running and she was all out sticking her nose out for the win. We’ll have to see if I’ll be riding her in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. I don’t know where Bob (Baffert) is going with her, so we’ll see.”



JULIEN LEPAROUX, TIZ FLIRTATIOUS, WINNER: “She finished strong. She had to fight because those other fillies did not stop. It was a good race for her and she got the Grade I she deserves. I think she has a great chance for the Breeders’ Cup. We knew she was really good but it was nice to see her handle the distance. I was a little concerned with Victor’s (Espinoza) horse (Vionnet).


MARIO GUTIERREZ, BOND HOLDER, WINNER: “This race set up great for my horse because he likes to come from behind. He seemed to like the distance today and I think that played a major part in his win. I don’t think the dirt made much of a difference because he runs everywhere; it was the distance that was the biggest factor.”

RAFAEL BEJARANO, DANCE WITH FATE, SECOND: “I had a good trip. There was no problem. He broke really well. He was in position. The winner came on in the end.


GARY STEVENS, BEHOLDER, WINNER: “They have done such a good job with her, she’s really matured from what I’ve seen just being a fan of hers and then being able to ride her right now. I just try and stay out of her way. She’s particular about what she wants and as long as she gets it she’s easy to deal with. When she swaps leads coming off the turn she lunges and it’s like she covers two lengths of what a normal stride is. I haven’t got close to the bottom of her yet.


GARY STEVENS, MUCHO MACHO MAN, WINNER: “The race was pretty much over at the three-eighths pole. He has a tremendous stride and he runs the turns really well. He’s very athletic. I let him stretch himself a little at the three-eighths pole and had him pick it up again at the quarter pole. Had the race been a mile and one quarter I probably wouldn’t have been as aggressive as I was but they told me to get a good race in and get a good gallop out of him afterwards, which I did.

September 27, 2013


JULIEN LEPAROUX, CHIPS ALL IN, WINNER: “He broke pretty good, and I tried to put him in the race. And then I just tried to be clear and not have any traffic. I put him where he was clear, and he put me there easy. I thought I felt someone coming on the outside, and he went on. He loves this track and loves this distance.

“He ran great at Del Mar. We knew that he liked the distance here, so we’re happy to be back here.”

GARRETT GOMEZ, BOAT TRIP, SECOND: “He’s run down the hill before but when we hit the dirt he jumped a little and I lost ground.

April 21, 2013


JOE TALAMO, INTERACTION, WINNER: “We had a perfect trip. The whole way around I was able to save a lot of ground. Turning for home I took him out and he gave me a huge effort the last eighth of a mile. The horse that ran second (All Squared Away), you can’t take anything away from him, he was pretty hard to get by. My horse just showed a lot of heart and effort, he showed a lot of class today.”

EDWIN MALDONADO, ALL SQUARED AWAY, SECOND: “I couldn’t have asked for a better trip; it was beautiful.

April 20, 2013


RAFAEL BEJARANO, LADY OF SHAMROCK, WINNER: “I was a little worried about the pace and the horse on the lead was going really slow so I just tried to save ground on both turns. When I saw the opportunity on the rail in the stretch, and I saw a lot of room I just kept running but unfortunately when Victor used the right hand stick his horse kept coming in and completely crossed my lane and I was completely on her heels so I didn’t have any choice but to hold my horse and stop riding a little, and then letting her go again.

“I don’t think he knew I was there.


TYLER BAZE, CHIPS ALL IN, WINNER: “I wasn’t concerned about today at all. Not with the way he’s been training; he’s training lights out. He’s a real special horse and it’s just a privilege to be on him. He’s a really cool horse.”

(In response to how this meet has been for him)

“I came from a long ways a way and the meet’s been great. My agent (Craig O’Bryan) has done a great job, and we work well together.