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SANTA MARIA STAKES QUOTES
JOEL ROSARIO, VISION IN GOLD, WINNER: “I had a really good trip. Ron told me to let her place herself and I did. We didn’t think we’d be on the lead, but she was comfortable there, so why change it? When we passed the three-quarter pole and started down the backside, she had her ears up and she was very relaxed. At the top of the stretch, when that other horse (Zardana) came up outside of us, my filly was just waiting for competition and she finished really strong. She’s improved a lot in her last two races.”
RON ELLIS, VISION IN GOLD, WINNER: “I hate to throw the name around, but she’s ‘Zenyatta-esque’. I pointed her out to John Shirreffs before this filly ever raced and I said that’s what Zenyatta must have looked like when she was that age. He just kind of laughed, but she is that tall. I’m just hoping she at least will physically fill out like Zenyatta did later in life. She’s a big, long-striding filly, and there didn’t look like there was much speed in here. I told Joel (Rosario), if she breaks and wants to go, just let her place herself. He did that and adjusted beautifully.
“She came from last in her last race and now she goes wire to wire. It makes her pretty versatile. When she had those ears pricked most of the race I felt pretty good about it. We haven’t really figured past this. We were looking at the La Caňada and it seemed like it may be coming up the tougher of the two. We’ve got a lot of respect for Blind Luck and Always a Princess, so we decided to try this race and it obviously worked out.”
MIKE MITCHELL, ST TRINIANS, 4-5 FAVORITE, THIRD: “She maybe was a little rank so I’ll take credit for that. She should be tight enough for next month in the Santa Margarita, that’s a Grade One and she’ll be ready for it.”
NOTES: The winning owners are Mace and Samantha Siegel of Beverly Hills who race as Jay Em Ess Stable.