SAN MARCOS STAKES QUOTES-SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2019

JOCKEY QUOTES

SHANE FOLEY, PLATINUM WARRIOR, WINNER: “Without a doubt…It was well worth the travel from Ireland for this win.

“I let him go, let him dictate it. I knew his speed was his main attribute. Being on the front end turning into the straight was a bit daunting but I just had to play him at his strengths and I knew if we turned it into a sprint, he’d sprint away. I knew we needed to make a stand to make it count.”

He would be willing to go extra furlongs. Last time, I got stuck there down inside then it was just quick and away and he was not the least bit intimidated, but it all worked out well today, thank God, he gusted over.

“If I could do as well as Lester Piggott, I’ll be doing okay.”

TYLER BAZE, EPICAL, SECOND:  “He’s not a real good horse in the gate.  I didn’t get a chance to get him in the clear, which is what he wants.  He’s got a stride a mile long…He’s really an amazing animal.”

TRAINER QUOTES

JOHN SADLER, PLATINUM WARRIOR, WINNER: “Since we have been training we were always looking at the longer races, we were kind of waiting. The preps are always a little shorter, so we thought he ran well last time. He got beat by two lengths, kind of got stuck on the inside so the mile and a quarter, we were really looking forward to that today.

“It will be kind of up to the owner (Dubai or San Juan Capistrano) Michael Donahue is kind of his representative in Europe, and they have horses all over the world, but hopefully we will be able to run him in some longer races as we go along, he can run a mile and a half no problem.

“I wasn’t too worried about Epical late. He’s by Galileo and these horses have a ton of stamina. So if you get them to the stretch and you’re in front, you’ll probably keep going.

“The owner is talking about going to Dubai for the festival so he might go over there and then come back.”

NOTES: The winning owner is Yuesheng Zhang