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LA BREA STAKES QUOTES
VICTOR ESPINOZA, TEDDY’S PROMISE, WINNER: “The last time that she ran, I really liked her. Today I thought she was ready, and I thought she would like it better over here on the dirt. I had so much horse today I wasn’t expecting anybody to come near me. She’s a runner.”
DAVID FLORES, TURBULENT DESCENT, 1-2 FAVORITE, SIXTH: “This was a rough trip, what can I say. I had to jump on the lead or be close, but you don’t want to rush. She made a good run at the end, but there was a lot of traffic. When I moved out on the turn that was my only shot. I was hoping they would slow down, but a track like this runs pretty fast and the good horses won’t stop that easy. The horse felt great, but it was too much to make up.”
RON ELLIS, TEDDY’S PROMISE, WINNER: “It’s hard to be very confident against Turbulent Descent, but I knew she was doing great. I actually asked the owners if they wanted to scratch and run tomorrow (Teddy’s Promise was nominated to Sunday’s $75,000 Kalookan Queen Handicap at 6 ½ furlongs on the main track), because I knew we could win tomorrow, but they wanted to go for the big show and I couldn’t argue with them.
“When this filly got on a roll a little bit, I mentioned to them (the owners) that this would be a good race to point to but that was when I thought Turbulent Descent might not run. I thought she might take the rest of the year off, but anyway, they kind of pointed that way and I did too, since her last race.
“I gave them an option. I said, ‘Hey, we can win that race (Kalookan Queen) tomorrow if you want and make her a stakes winner.’ They said, ‘Let’s go for the big time,’ so I couldn’t argue with them. She was doing great.”
Was the outside post an advantage? "It is for her because she’s just lightly raced mentally. She has never closed in behind horses yet, so that (post 9) was a big reason why we ran today. The outside post really helped a filly like her. She’s just learning really how to do things.
“We’ll just kind of regroup now. She’s shown she can run with some of the best sprinters. We’ve got a long year.”
MIKE PUYPE, TURBUILENT DESCENT, 1-2 FAVORITE, SIXTH: “No (she didn’t get off that well). She was behind a little further (than normal) and behind all the field and had to circle everyone and went really wide. I mean really wide. But she still didn’t kick it in and the track’s very fast so it’s hard to make up that ground once you’re in that position. She didn’t kick it in like she’s capable of, so I’ll just have to go over her well physically and see where we’re at.”
NOTES: Winning owners Ted and Judy Nichols are from Oceanside, CA.