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SURFER GIRL STAKES QUOTES
JOE TALAMO, FLASHY WAYS, WINNER: “We just had a perfect trip. Three of them went out there in a speed duel and we just sat behind. Then turning for home I turned her out and had a lot of horse. She’s bred up and down for the turf on her dam’s side. Richard (Baltas) has done a great job with her. She was fit and ready to go today. Again, I just had a perfect trip with a good horse underneath.”
GARRETT GOMEZ, WISHING GATE, SECOND: “I had a really good trip but I had to wait a little bit at the quarter pole. Joe (Talamo) moved out and cut me a little close but after I turned for home I had all the time in the world to go get the leader. That other filly just ran really good today. My filly is coming around; she’s just learning what it’s about. These are young babies and it’s all a learning process for them. Hopefully she’ll learn from it and move forward.” <
RICHARD BALTAS, FLASHY WAYS, WINNER: “This is what she wants to do, (go) long on the turf. Joe (Talamo) worked the horse seven-eighths and I left it (strategy) up to Joe. He knows how to ride her. We worked her seven and she galloped out real strong.
“She’s really bred for the turf. Her third dam is the dam of Precious Kitten and Kitten’s Joy, so I knew she wanted to go long on the grass.
“I think she’s eligible (for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at one mile on Nov. 2). I have to check.”
NOTES: Baltas, 51, originally is from Gary, Indiana, but grew up in Huntington Beach. Baltas previously worked with Barry Abrams and Richard Mandella “years ago.” Baltas has 14 head at Santa Anita. The winning owner is Jerry Fialkowski of Lomita who races as Riley Racing Stables, LLC.