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POTRERO GRANDE STAKES QUOTES
GARRETT GOMEZ, JIMMY CREED, WINNER: “Richard (Mandella) just told me to let him out of the gate, let him be happy, let him get up on his feet and see what happens. He didn’t want me to take too much away from him so I didn’t, and he traveled beautifully. I was able to set the bit up in his mouth and he traveled well all the way around. He actually made the lead earlier I wanted but when I told him ‘let’s go’ he put his head down and his ears down and did what he was supposed to do.
“Today, things were more to his liking, I actually had the race in my hands the whole time, it was an easier race. He can get lazy when he makes the lead so I have to keep him focused. Even today, when he saw the cameras as we crossed the finish he shied away from them a bit. He’s a young horse, and he’s only getting better, he has a bright future.”
EDWIN MALDONADO, COMMA TO THE TOP, FOURTH: “The race set up perfect for me. I had an easy lead but he didn’t run his best race today for some reason. It was a slow pace and the winner (Jimmy Creed) had a great trip.”
RICHARD MANDELLA, JIMMY CREED, 6-5 FAVORITE, WINNER: “He had a perfect trip. He had a great post on the outside this time and he broke good. It looked like it was meant to be.
“That’s something we’d take pretty serious (the Met Mile on Memorial Day, for Jimmy Creed’s next race). I think he would (go further than 6 ½ furlongs). We missed some races (due to a cough after the Malibu), so this (Potrero Grande) was the obvious thing.
“The Churchill Downs Stakes (seven furlongs, Grade II, $400,000 on May 4) is another possibility. He missed the Strub due to a cough so we pointed to this and we’ll see if it can carry us to the Met Mile.”
B. WAYNE HUGHES, OWNER OF JIMMY CREED, WINNER: “The race went exactly as expected, the horse is a good horse, and I think we’re going to try the Met Mile. I hope so anyway.”
PETER MILLER, COMMA TO THE TOP, FOURTH: “No excuses. Edwin (Maldonado) said he was bobbling when he went around the turn. I didn’t notice anything but I have to watch the replay again. We’ll go over the horse, make sure he’s OK. He did get shoes today. Sometimes they can sore up.”
NOTES: The winning owner is B. Wayne Hughes of Lexington, Ky., who races as Spendthrift Farm LLC.