ASTRA STAKES QUOTES-SUNDAY, JANUARY 20, 2019

JOCKEY QUOTES

FLAVIEN PRAT, PANTSONFIRE, WINNER:  “We had a good pace to run at.  She rated kind and she was travelling well the whole way.  I thought Mike Smith’s filly (K P Pergoliscious) would be tough, but my filly gave me a good kick turning for home.”

TRAINER QUOTES

RICHARD BALTAS, PANTSONFIRE, WINNER: “The race kinda set up for her and she’d been training really well.  And, getting Flavien sure helps.

Nothing, I just gave her a little time, she popped a splint so I gave her like 2 months and she kind of needed a break, we were running her a lot, she’s dancing every dance, she loves Santa Anita, she got a good ride from Flavian, a lot of speed in the race and she got the job done.”

OWNER QUOTES

JEREMY PESKOFF, PANTSONFIRE, WINNER: “The horses never had any pace to run at the last seven races so I’ve indicated that she got some pace today and she showed what she could do.

“I thought for the mile and a half the horse will run all day, and I thought to a mile and a half, would fit her to a tee, I’m not sure she’s good enough to run the Grade II and Grade I against the mile and mile 1/8 horses here, you know but at a mile and a half I think she is a legitimate horse, I’m just glad for her cause she’s had some tough luck.

“We’ll just see what bares later I’m just happy to win here.”

NOTES: Next Wave Racing, Pat Maciariello, Jeremy Peskoff and Mark Silverstein

Pantsonfire and jockey Flavien Prat win the Grade III, $100,000 Astra Stakes, Sunday, January 20, 2019 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA. © BENOIT PHOTO