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SANTA BARBARA HANDICAP
RAFAEL BEJARANO, STORMY LUCY, WINNER: “She was much better today. Her last race, she was rank when she was behind horses but today she relaxed. She and I were really comfortable the whole way, all the way to the three-eighths pole. So, I was confident to come around
and let her go. I knew how much horse I had at the three-eighths and I knew she was going to show me a big kick. I just wanted to make sure I was clear and away from any trouble.”
BRICE BLANC, MISS SERENDIPITY, SECOND: “She got out-kicked late but she did everything perfect. She was better today, she relaxed a lot and she quickened a lot more, too. She was a little more settled early on and the distance definitely didn’t hurt us. Stormy Lucy just out-kicked us; my mare ran her heart out. She’s still just starting (in the U.S.); as soon as she gets adapted to the American way I think she’ll have a bright future.”
ED MOGER JR., STORMY LUCY, WINNER: “Everything went well. I told you, I’m trying not to screw it up (after recently purchasing the mare who had been trained by Frank Lucarelli). The horse was ready-made when I got her.
“Rafael rode the same race as he did winning the Santa Ana (March 16). Last time he came inside; this time he went around. I was a little worried when he was that wide, but I guess he knew what he had.”
Moger said Stormy Lucy would be considered for the Grade I, $300,000 Gamely Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on turf on May 26.
DAN LANDERS, ASSISTANT TO RON MCANALLY, MISS SERENDIPITY, SECOND: “She ran her eyeballs out. I think she’s getting more used to our racing.”
NOTES: Winning owner Steve Moger is from Bellevue, Washington.