LAS CIENEGAS STAKES QUOTES

 

JOCKEY QUOTES

 

RAFAEL BEJARANO, HOME JOURNEY, WINNER: “She’s got a lot of natural speed. I didn’t send her; I took hold and tried to get her to go slow and to relax. When we crossed the dirt, I had enough horse to win it.”

GARY STEVENS, GO WEST MARIE, SECOND: “I thought they’d go a little quicker with Tyler’s fill (Heavens Stairway) in there and Maldonado’s filly (Unforgettable U) – I thought she might show more speed. It just didn’t develop, and I know I couldn’t change my filly’s style. When I asked her, there was just too much work to be done, and Rafael was able to give his horse a little breather –  he didn’t even have to ask his horse until inside the eighth pole, and I knew I was running for second at that point. His filly’s gotten so good. She’ll win a graded race.”

TRAINER QUOTES

 

MIKE PUYPE, HOME JOURNEY, WINNER: “She ran really fast last time and just got nailed. Today, she slowed it down a little bit, she kicked, and she ran a good race.”

Noted he’s been winning more frequently lately: “We had a lot of seconds and thirds, but sooner or later they can turn into wins, and my numbers have found real good balance after this past week. We won one last Sunday and four this week, we got another one tomorrow.”

Next race? “We’ll just have to see where to go. We sent her to a different dollar value today, winning a graded stakes, so that’s always big for a filly or mare.”

 

MARK GIARDINO, CO-OWNER & BREEDER, HOME JOURNEY:

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE WINNING YOUR FIRST GRADED STAKES AS AN OWNER/BREEDER?: “It was worth it. We’ve been trying for a long time, over 25 years.”

DARYLE ANN GIARDINO, CO-OWNER & BREEDER, HOME JOURNEY: “This is wonderful. My dad (famous actor, Slim Pickens) and mom loved the race horses. When I was a kid, Farrell Jones was our trainer.”

EDDIE TRUMAN, GO WEST MARIE, SECOND: “I’m so happy with her. There was no pace in the race. That’s a nice filly. She’s got so much gas, and if something doesn’t go with her, how are you going to come from seven lengths off? My filly just ran her eyeballs out – she just ran so good. But you gotta have some pace. I’m proud of her, though – she ran her race.”

 

NOTES: The winning owners are Mark Giardino of Las Vegas (GGG Stables) or Russell Sarno of West Lake Village, CA.

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