Santa Anita News
CHINA DOLL STAKES QUOTES, SUNDAY, MARCH 8TH, 2009
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.”
JAMES CASSIDY, APRIL PRIDE , WINNER: “It’s great to win this race. It’s the most fun in the world. I was concerned she might flatten out, but I have confidence in David (Flores). He’s the most reliable rider I have, along with Mike Smith.” Asked what might be next for April Pride: “We’ll just enjoy this for now, but I expect more from her the further she goes.”
NOTES: The winning owner is James Peyton of Lexington, who races as Forging Oaks Farm.