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AUTUMN MISS STAKES QUOTES
GARY STEVENS, WISHING GATE, WINNER: “I hit the side of the gate pretty hard leaving there. I rarely hear the announcer going into the first turn, but I think I heard Trevor say ‘they’re flying up front’ or ‘good pace up front’ and I’m thinkin’, ‘no they’re not!’ since I had her (well in hand.) She’s a good filly, real push-button. I can put her where I want. She was real ‘light-mouthed’ before and they’ve changed some equipment, and she’s training well, she’s a real good filly. Julien (Leparoux, on Need You Now) looked over at about the five-sixteenths pole and did a double-take and I just had a smile on my face. Once we got out of the first turn I was pretty confident; she gives you that feeling throughout the race. She’s got a nice turn of foot.”
MARTIN PEDROZA, JOURNEY ON, SECOND: “I was going straight to the front with the post position we had. I was going to go get an ice cream for a minute, I was so far out. I had to break the way I did, since the turn is right there. If I didn’t do that I would be 11-wide. I used her a little earlier than I wanted to but I had to, and she handled it well. She’s a good filly, especially considering she came back just 13 days ago.”
TOM PROCTOR, WISHING GATE, 7-5 FAVORITE, WINNER: “She kind of blew everything (getting off a bit slowly) because we were going to kind of send her a little bit and then she broke a tad slow. Gary said, ‘Well, I’m going to kind of leave there running,’ and then when she gets off a tad slow it kind of screws everything up, but that’s OK.
“Since I brought her to California she’s been a really nice filly. Her mother (Rich in Spirit) was a nice mare. I might run next in the Matriarch at Hollywood Park. We’re kind of looking at that.”
NOTES: The Matriarch is a Grade I, $250,000 race for fillies and mares, 3 and up, at one mile on turf Dec. 1. The winning owner/breeder is Leonard Lavin of Ocala, FL, who races as Glen Hill Farm.