PASADENA STAKES QUOTES-SATURDAY, MARCH 2, 2019

JOCKEY QUOTES

TYLER BAZE, STUBBINS, WINNER: “I thought of sprinting early in when I saw the form yesterday, Steve said don’t get dirt in his face so plan A. I am excited for this horse and the opportunity, it’s not every day you get a good three-year old colt that comes around this time of year, hopefully I get to stick with him and we’ll see how far we’ll go because he’s pretty nice.  I’ve never ridden him before, but from watching tape of all four of his races, he seemed very ‘push button.’  It sure looked like he’s a horse that wants to go and I’m glad they didn’t change the game plan in the paddock.”  

TRAINER QUOTES

LEANDRO MORA, ASSISTANT TO DOUG O’NEILL:  “When we ran him at Del Mar (finishing first and second in a pair of main track sprints on Aug. 4 and Aug. 26), we knew he was legit, but he had some issues with his shins, so we gave him the time off (roughly four months).  He’s going up the ladder now, getting better and better with each race.  This was huge today.”

  OWNER QUOTES

JACK MCSHANE, STUBBINS, WINNER: “I had a food safety auditing company, so I ran a business for twenty years, I made some money then I was losing it and now things are better. I was a horse player (before owner) since I was in high school with my best friend Bob, we would go to the track after we left Santa Monica High School at 12 noon and go to Hollywood Park or come to Santa Anita. It’s unbelievably exciting to have this colt, plus the fact that team O’Neill has done such a great job, I couldn’t be more excited. I had envisioned something in a short distance for the future, but now I don’t know.”

NOTES: The winning owner is McShane Racing, LLC