Santa Anita News
SENSATIONAL STAR STAKES QUOTES
RAFAEL BEJARANO, AIN’T NO OTHER, WINNER: (You’re winning races for everyone, but especially Jerry Hollendorfer) “Well, you know it’s always a pleasure to run for him. He’s one of the top trainers in California and he’s always giving me great opportunities to ride his horses. He always has good horses. I’m glad to win with his horse today, down the hill.”
(How did the first time blinkers help this horse?) “Well, today he showed me a lot of speed from the gate, but I didn’t want to be on the lead, so I let the speed go a little bit. I found my position quickly though. He wore the blinkers, and he showed me a big kick today.”
(Did you realize Corey Nakatani was flying on the rail?) “I knew. That’s why I wasn’t trying to ask him too early.”
COREY NAKATANI, STARSPANGLED HEAT, SECOND: “Yeah, he came flying. The turf has been playing to speed lately and they’re running one-eleven and change. The winner, I think he pretty much went wire to wire, so this little horse, what more can you say, he runs his heart out every time. He ran another big race, he ran second, and hopefully, one of these days, those seconds will turn into wins.
(He seems to like this downhill course, and has done fairly well over it, do you think he will stay on the downhill?) “Yeah, I think he will. He has run some of his better races down the hill. We’ve tried a couple of other things with him that didn’t work out so I believe Barry (Abrams, trainer) will keep him sprinting like this. He’s a very handy horse, but he’s one dimensional, he doesn’t have a lot of speed to change his tactics, that’s the only thing you can have against him. He’s always going to be running late, he’ll always be coming. These type of horses make a lot of money for the owners so I’m just thankful for the chance to ride him.”
DAN WARD (ASSITANT TO HOLLENDORFER), AIN’T NO OTHER, WINNER: (In response to Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, LLC doing very well lately) “Very good, last five starters, four winners.”
(Why did you opt for blinkers today?) “I worked him in blinkers and he worked really well. He didn’t try to lug in, he didn’t try to wait on horses, he just went on.”
(You’re liking Bejarano quite a bit as of late it seems) “Doing well for us, yeah, very well. He’s ten for sixteen for us at this point … (Correction) ten for seventeen.”
Notes: The winning owner/breeders are Tom and Debi Stull’s Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, LLC.