ZUMA BEACH STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES

RAFAEL BEJARANO, GERVINHO, WINNER: “At the three-eighths pole my horse slipped really bad. When he was coming he slipped right away so I tried to get a hold of my horse, that’s why I lost a couple lengths. Once I saw the stretch I pulled him up and he came running. He showed me a big kick.”

GARRETT GOMEZ, DEN’S LEGACY, SECOND: “I thought he had done enough to win the race, but Carla’s (Gaines) horse ended up making that late run and finished up really well. But our horse did everything a horse is supposed to. He did stuff that two-year-olds really don’t do. He was very responsive to everything I asked him to do, even going through the hole. There was a tight hole when I turned for home and he didn’t even think about it, he just ran right through it. He finished up well, he just got beat today.”

TRAINER QUOTES

CARLA GAINES, GERVINHO, WINNER: “He lost his footing (turning into the stretch). He (Rafael Bejarano) said that’s the reason he was so far back. He was starting to make a move and like the ground slipped out from under him. He really thought he got hurt.”

Next race? “Breeders’ Cup (Juvenile Turf, $1 million, Grade I, one mile, Nov. 3)? We got to look at it, right?”

KEITH BRACKPOOL, OWNER, GERVINHO, WINNER: “What a stretch kick. We’re going to look seriously at the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf. That’s the hope. The Juvenile Turf, if we can get in.”

NOTES: The winning owner is Keith Brackpool of Manhattan Beach. Gervinho is a full brother to Lakerville.

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