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SANTA MONICA STAKES QUOTES
JOEL ROSARIO, HOME SWEET ASPEN, WINNER: “Last time, she was probably going a little too quick, but she was much better today – she was impressive. I kind of saw the other horse coming on the outside, so I just waited a little bit, but I knew she had a little more left because I let her go out easy early, and she did.”
VICTOR ESPINOZA, TEDDY’S PROMISE, 2-1 SECOND CHOICE, FIFTH: “I was just following the leaders and turning for home, she was a little bit intimidated going along the rail, which is understandable. We were really, really close. It was the only chance that I had to move on, but I felt I didn’t have enough horse to go by the other ones in front. Things happen. The race didn’t set up the way I wanted, but she’s a good filly.
This was her first time she was inside on the rail, but I think she will come back and run better next time.”
JOHN SADLER, HOME SWEET ASPEN, WINNER: “These races came up good for her so we thought we would be in the first two sprints (including the Dec. 31 La Brea Stakes). We won these races last year with Switch and I think this is a good sprinting filly, a good quality filly. It’s pretty exciting to have her win a Grade I. I felt she’s capable and we got a good trip today. I thought she’d run well in here today.”
RON ELLIS, TEDDY’S PROMISE, 2-1 SECOND CHOICE, FIFTH: “He (Victor Espinoza) could never get her out. That’s the first time she’s ever had dirt hitting her in the face. I knew the inside post was going to be a problem for us.”
NOTES: The winning owner/breeder is Jenny Craig of Rancho Santa Fe. Sadler won the Santa Monica last year with Switch.