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BUENA VISTA HANDICAP QUOTES
COREY NAKATANI, CITY TO CITY, WINNER: “We were hoping that there would be some legitimate pace in the race, and in a mile race there always is. This filly was doing fabulous coming into the race. I couldn’t have been in a better spot and the way the race developed was perfect. I felt I won the race, but Brice’s (Blanc) horse (Up In Time) was flying at me and I wasn’t sure if we would hold on. When that filly came to her she actually started to run again. I just made sure I had enough horse to get to the position I wanted to be in and she ran a big race.”
DAN WARD, ASSISTANT TO JERRY HOLLENDORFER, CITY TO CITY, WINNER: “There was a big weight shift from the last race.”
Asked if he gave Nakatani any instructions: “He’s the best rider on the turf. He worked her three times; he liked her, so you didn’t have to tell him anything. I don’t think she has a very long run and you have to wait (to make your move). Last time (in the Grade II Robert J. Frankel Stakes on Jan. 1 at 1 1/8 miles) she was carrying five pounds more than anybody else and that makes a big difference. A mile and an eighth maybe is not as good for her as a mile.”
Ward said the Grade II, $150,000 Santa Ana Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on March 15 and the Grade II, $150,000 Santa Barbara Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on April 21 would be considered for future races.
SIMON CALLAGHAN, UP IN TIME, SECOND: “She ran a very good race, and these close losses are heartbreaking, what else can we say? She ran great. It’s just disappointing that she came so close.”
NOTES: Hollendorfer was at Oaklawn Park today where Longview Drive ran in the first division of the Southwest Stakes. The winning owners are William Deburgh of Rancho Santa Fe; Jerry Hollendorfer of Point Richmond; and Mark DeDominco of Bellevue, WA.
Former world featherweight champion Danny “Little Red” Lopez presented the Buena Vista trophy.