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SANTA ANITA SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP QUOTES
MARTIN GARCIA, COIL, WINNER: “It’s a great opportunity to get this horse back and I did my job.”
DAVID FLORES, CAPITAL ACCOUNT, SECOND: “I always like the extra sixteenth for him but I was trying my best to get this guy working early. For some reason I couldn’t save ground on the last turn, but I was attacking the horse I needed to, Coil. He was the horse to beat. I tried to stay as close as I possibly could to him but he got away a little bit at the top of the stretch. My horse showed nice talent at the end. It was very close at the end but I knew it would have taken a couple more jumps to beat the winner. I have to give great credit to my horse because when I asked him to go he was responding. Maybe next time I’ll have to go a little bit earlier.”
MIKE SMITH, AMAZOMBIE, FOURTH: “The Bing Crosby might have been a little bit of an easier race on him than I thought. He only spurted the last eighth of a mile in that race and probably didn’t really get much out of it. I’m sure Bill (Spawr) didn’t have him screwed down exactly as tight as he wanted for this one. You want to certainly move forward, and this is the kind of race you’ll move forward on. At the top of the lane I could tell he was starting to get a little bit tired. He kicked on good until the eighth pole and then got really tired at that point. He came back great though. You’d certainly like to win, but with these types of horses you’re talking about the first two finishers probably being one of the favorites going to the Breeders’ Cup. It’s a tough race and we knew it was going to be tough going in. In saying that, the important thing was to get a good race in him and move forward.”
BILL SPAWR, AMAZOMBIE, 4-5 FAVORITE, FOURTH: “He (Mike Smith) just said that he needed the race. He said watch him next time. He should be five lengths better.”
RICHARD MANDELLA, JIMMY CREED, THIRD: “He (Garrett Gomez) said he (Jimmy Creed) was a little scared of the dirt flying because he hadn’t had much experience on that. He’s been on synthetic tracks without much kick back. He said for a quarter mile down the backside, he was kind of looking at what all that was about, and then came on good. He had to wait a little bit, but he thinks he’s good enough for the (Breeders’ Cup) Sprint.
“I’m going to look at the Sprint, there’s the seven-eighths Damascus Stakes for $100,000, there’s the (Breeders’ Cup Dirt) Mile. I’m going to be looking at all three of them the next week and thinking about what to do.”
NOTES: The winning owners are Mike Pegram of Phoenix, Karl Watson of Tucson and Paul Weitman of Tucson.