SANTA MARIA STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES

 

            TYLER BAZE, WARREN’S VENEDA, WINNER: “I was on her when she broke her maiden a couple of years ago and I knew she was a nice filly then. I was lucky enough to get back on her this fall. She’s been nothing but a blessing, she tries so hard.

“Going into the first turn I thought about taking her back and dropping her in but I told myself to just have confidence and I knew she was the best in the field. I lost a little ground which I really don’t like doing but she was the best; she amazes me, she’s a great animal.”

 

RAFAEL BEJARANO, THEGIRLINTHATSONG, THIRD: “She broke really well but I knew it wasn’t going to be the same race as last time (her win in the Grade II La Canada Jan. 17). There wasn’t too much speed in there but there was a lot of speed today. I knew a few horses were going to show speed so I put her where she was comfortable, up close and I stayed three or four lengths behind. She made a run but Warren’s Veneda was much the best today. My filly was too close to the pace. She ran great, but really, no excuses.”

 

TRAINER QUOTES

 

CRAIG LEWIS, WARREN’S VENEDA, WINNER: “I guess when you’re the best horse, that’s what you do (go wide and win). I was a little uncomfortable with her being that wide, always. I’ve seen too many races in my life. It takes a very good horse to overcome that trip, but Tyler (Baze) knew what he had and didn’t want to get stopped, so everything worked out well . . . She’s an Amazon. She’s a pretty girl and a pretty girl that can run. She reminds me of another good filly I had, Valentine Dancer. We’ll probably come back in the Santa Margarita (Grade I, $400,000, 1 1/8 miles on March 14).”

 

NOTES: Winning owner/breeder Benjamin Warren is from Rialto, CA.

 

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