SANTA MONICA HANDICAP QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES

MARTIN GARCIA, GABBY’S GOLDEN GAL, WINNER: “It’s an amazing thing what she did today. Last time (Dec. 26, Gr. I La Brea) she needed the race and she was rank. Bob (Baffert) said the main thing today was to make her relax and then to make my move. Today, I had an opportunity to keep her outside of those two speed horses (Free Flying Soul and Czechers) and she relaxed very well. When I asked her, she just took off. This is my first grade one and I want to dedicate it to Bob. He’s giving me a lot of chances.”

TRAINER QUOTES

BOB BAFFERT, GABBY’S GOLDEN GAL, WINNER: “She just needed the race (when asked the turnaround from her seventh-place finish in the La Brea). I thought she was training well enough to win it, but she just laid an egg that day. She came back, worked well, I took her over to Hollywood Park, she worked really great there. Today, I was just hoping she didn’t go too fast. She picked up the bit. Last time when she went to make the move, Mike (Smith) said she was just empty, so she just needed the race. Mike was committed to the other filly (Free Flying Soul), so I thought I’ll give Martin (Garcia) a chance and he came through for me . . . This filly has always shown me signs of greatness, like Indian Blessing. That’s why we were just baffled after the La Brea . . . I told Arnold (Zetcher), ‘You know what? I guess I didn’t have her as tight as I thought I did. Maybe I was too easy on her, but it’s demanding to run on this surface off a layoff. Today she showed what she could really do. She showed that Grade I form again.”

NOTES: Winning owner Arnold Zetcher is from Los Angeles. This is Martin Garcia’s first Grade I stakes victory.

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