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SAN PASQUAL STAKES QUOTES
MARTIN GARCIA, COIL, WINNER: “I had a really good horse inside of me (Ultimate Eagle), and I just tried to follow the way he was going. When I asked him (Coil) to go, he just responded, and that was it. He has been a really good horse for a long time.”
MARTIN PEDROZA, ULTIMATE EAGLE, SECOND: “The race went very well but it’s hard when you have three Bafferts; one chasing you and the other two setting it up for the other one. He ran very well though; second race off the layoff, I couldn’t ask for more. He feels really good, he can only get better.”
BOB BAFFERT, COIL, WINNER: “That was it. He’ll be retired to stud. He’ll go to Magali Farm (in Santa Ynez). He’s had some issues that I just didn’t want to run him this year. I’d have to run him sparingly. I think he deserves to be retired. He’s good; he’s very healthy right now, but it was time to send him to stud.
“In the Breeders’ Cup, I should have run him in the (Dirt) Mile (instead of the Sprint) so it was sort of a waste of a race there. I ran him in the Cigar Mile and he ran a good race, but two turns is his game. He won Grade I’s short and long and he’s by Point Given (2001 Horse of the Year), and he’s one of my favorite horses, so it’s good that he’s (Coil, standing in stud) here.”
Asked his thoughts through the lane: “He’s got so much heart. That was all Coil . . . We’re really going to help the horse in California. Mike (Pegram), one of the main reasons he wanted to retire him here also is because Mike’s on the TOC board. He wants to help California racing and he’s putting his money behind California racing.”
MIKE PENDER, ULTIMATE EAGLE, SECOND: “He ran his race, he just got beat by a better horse today. This was going to be nice prep for some other spots, the Big ‘Cap. He came out of it great today, he wasn’t breathing (hard), couldn’t blow out a match. But I know him, he’s a big 1,200 pound animal and he definitely needed this race, it was his second race off the layoff and now we’ve got him set.
NOTES: The winning owners are Karl Watson, Mike Pegram and Paul Weitman.