SANTA BARBARA QUOTES-SATURDAY, MAY 11, 2019

JOCKEY QUOTES

GEOVANNI FRANCO, CAUSEFORCOMMOTION, WINNER:  “She was getting really good a year ago, and then she had to be turned out for a little vacation, so we’ve been waiting a long time. Eric was confident she would run well because of the way she’s been training. She’s still improving from what she showed last year.  As you saw, she just galloped through the stretch.”

TRAINER QUOTES

CAUSEFORCOMMOTION, ERIC KRULJAC, WINNER: “She makes it easier to get up in the morning. We had to give her a little time, she had a little injury/mishap, an issue with a suspensory, but we caught it early at Del Mar and instead of giving her three months off we gave her six or seven. She has come back a monster. Before she would not leave the horses, hopefully that is all behind her. She had the tendency to get the lead and then wait on them, (that’s why), we lost a couple of races including last year’s Santa Barbara.

“Really good horses can pretty much excel at almost any distance but at their distance the really excel, her father (Americain, by Dynaformer) was a champion sire in Australia, United Emirates and Europe. He won the Emirates Melbourne Cup (Nov.6, 2012). I practiced my G’day mate!”

OWNER QUOTES

TOM KESSLER, PART OWNER CAUSEFORCOMMOTION:  “This is great, her value as a broodmare just went way up.  We’ll run her through this year and then we’re going to breed her.”

NOTES: The winning owners are Kruljac, E. Dunham, Jim Reed, J. Sondereker, D.&S.Yip

Causeforcommotion and jockey Geovanni Franco win the Grade III, $100,000 Santa Barbara Stakes, Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA. © BENOIT PHOTO