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April 13, 2014


RAFAEL BEJARANO, STORMY LUCY, WINNER: “She was much better today. Her last race, she was rank when she was behind horses but today she relaxed. She and I were really comfortable the whole way, all the way to the three-eighths pole. So, I was confident to come around

and let her go. I knew how much horse I had at the three-eighths and I knew she was going to show me a big kick. I just wanted to make sure I was clear and away from any trouble.”

BRICE BLANC, MISS SERENDIPITY, SECOND: “She got out-kicked late but she did everything perfect.


JOE TALAMO, SWEET SWAP, WINNER: “What a nice horse! What impressed me today was that he was pressured the whole way. He never got a breather at any point so for him to kick away like that was pretty impressive. We figured Lakerville was going to be coming at us so our plan was to steal away a little bit once we hit the dirt. Fortunately for us, it worked out.”

COREY NAKATANI, LAKERVILLE, SECOND: “He’s doing great, he put in a big run and what more can you say, speed is winning. He’s pretty tight right now, he ran his race.

April 12, 2014

JOE TALAMO, TRIBAL SPY, WINNER: “We had a perfect trip. I was real pleased to see those two fillies on the lead (favored Biorhythm and Sky High Gal) goin’ head and head. They were going pretty quick. So we got a perfect trip. Turning for home I took her to the outside and she pretty much did the rest.”

DRAYDEN VAN DYKE, BIORHYTHM, FOURTH: “She felt fine. I just went too fast. Once I crossed the dirt I thought we were home free but then I heard Trevor say she was struggling and I saw them coming at me.


TYLER BAZE, BIG MACHER, WINNER: “I had a beautiful trip. I didn’t get too much pressure from the outside and I really just got the perfect trip. I got to do what I wanted out there and I got to keep him happy.

“I worked him last week and I have so much confidence in him. I got to work him before his last race actually and was going to ride him. I didn’t get to ride him, there was a switch so I was so excited to ride him today because (of) the way he worked last week . . . It wasn’t fast but it was phenomenal.

April 5, 2014


TYLER BAZE, ALERT BAY, WINNER: “He’s a nice horse. He’ll do anything, dirt, synthetic, any distance, anything! I wanted to break sharp, which he did, because I wanted to keep close to the pace. Halfway down the backside I had a chance to ease him out of the tight spot we were in and give him a breather. He took a deep breath going into the far turn and I said, ‘it’s time to go!’ I didn’t know how he would take getting dirt kicked in his face; he’s never had to, but it didn’t bother him.


GARY STEVENS, FASHION PLATE, WINNER: “I’ve won a few races like this in my day. She was reminding me of Winning Colors going down the backside. I thought if I can keep doing this . . . it’s going to be pretty special. Mike’s (Smith) filly (Ria Antonia) is a good filly. I’ve worked her a couple of times so I knew what I was dealing with. I think we were underestimated in here though, off her numbers last out. We knew that she was going to improve a lot today.”

MIKE SMITH, RIA ANTONIA, SECOND: “My horse ran a tremendous race today. I can’t complain.


VICTOR ESPINOZA, ROVENNA, WINNER: “I don’t know how important it is to be on the lead today, that’s her style anyway. I think the most important thing is to let them do their thing. I wanted to take a little jump at the half-mile pole to open on the field. Sometimes that works and sometimes it doesn’t. Today, it worked.

“I’m going to ride California Chrome the way I always do. I’m going to break fast and let him be happy.”

TYLER BAZE, HARLINGTON’S ROSE, SECOND: “I had a pretty good trip.


JOE TALAMO, NASHOBA’S GOLD, WINNER: “We just had a perfect trip. I had a lot of horse. I just wanted to keep her out of any trouble. I kept her three or four wide and everything worked out great and we were able to turn the tables today. She is a very special animal.”

GARY STEVENS, DIVERSY HARBOR, SECOND: “Joe (Talamo) ran a really great race. My horse has been great. I really thought I had made a good tactical move going into the turn, but I got through too late. It might have been different if I had decided to go wide.


VICTOR ESPINOZA, CALIFORNIA CHROME, WINNER: “He knows what’s going on (when he goes to the gate). He’s calm and focused, but for some reason, we missed the break a tiny bit, but I put him in the race right away. I didn’t want to get stuck in traffic. It worked out well.”

GARY STEVENS, CANDY BOY, THIRD: “Candy Boy ran a super race. He was just third-best today. I know Victor (Espinoza) got banged around at the start and we did, too.

March 29, 2014


TYLER BAZE, MAJESTIC HARBOR, WINNER: “He’s a really nice horse. I let him find his own pace today. He’s been training really forwardly in the mornings. After I rode him in his last race (Feb. 8 in the Grade II San Antonio) we worked him twice in blinkers, we wanted to keep his mind on business and it really changed him. It was unbelievable, the way he worked so I was expecting him to run big today. When he hit his stride and was clicking along smooth, I just let him gallop by everybody and when he decided it was time to go, it was time to go.