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IRISH O'BRIEN STAKES QUOTES
IRVING OROZCO, TRIBAL SPY, WINNER: “My main focus was to come out of the gate first and to gain the lead. Once I was able to control the pace I was just hoping to hang on the final eighth (of a mile.) She knows the turf well and she handled it well today. The connections have been training her great, too, so that helps.”
RAFAEL BEJARANO, CIAO BELLA LUNA, SECOND: “She broke so badly from the gate. Before the gates opened she reared up completely and I almost fell off. It was bad luck. I thought she could win, but there was nothing I could do after that. She came running but the winner (Tribal Spy) got it easy.”
ADAM KITCHINGMAN, TRIBAL SPY, WINNER: “The five (Ciao Bella Luna) missed the break and obviously that was the competition, and not only that, she was the other speed in the race. When that horse missed the break it made us the lone speed, which makes us awfully dangerous coming down the hill.
“We’ll probably keep her going down the hill. We might try a little stakes race at the end of the meet (Grade III Las Cienegas Stakes on April 12).”
PETER MILLER, CIAO BELLA LUNA, SECOND, AND COULD BE TROUBLE, FOURTH: “My filly (Ciao Bella Luna) wins for fun if she breaks. She gets left and that changes everything. I was supposed to be up on the pace close, and we don’t break, and that’s the end of story. The jock said she reared up with him at the start.”
NOTES: This is the first stakes win for 20-year-old Orozco. The winning owners are Paul, Hratch and Christopher Boghossian of North Hollywood, who race as Triple B Farms.