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May 31, 2014


SHAUN BRIDGMOHAN, ROOM SERVICE, WINNER: “We had a perfect trip; it really set up well for her style of running. We obviously wanted a little pace to run at and we got it. I happened to work her on the grass at Churchill (five furlongs on May 6) and she’s got a great turn of foot on it. She showed that here today.”

MIKE SMITH, DIVERSY HARBOR, SECOND: “We got tangled up with Doug O’Neill’s filly (Loan Savant, ridden by Mario Gutierrez) and my filly kinda got turned sideways.


JOE TALAMO, CLUBHOUSE RIDE, WINNER: “We had a great trip. We were a little further back than I thought we would be, but we were in a comfortable spot. He seemed to pick it up a little every eighth of a mile and when I saw Corey (Nakatani) drift out a little into Storm Fighter, I dove in there and he fought ‘em off the rest of the way. He ran really nice.”

COREY NAKATANI, FURY KAPCORI, SECOND: “It seems like the track’s been playing to closers today.

May 26, 2014


EDWIN MALDONADO, CYCLOMETER, WINNER: “Before they scratched the four horse (Wild Dude) I was going to see how my horse broke from the gate and take it from there. When that horse scratched, it turned into a match race between me and the one (Wine Police) so I just figured I would let him run the way he wanted.”

VICTOR ESPINOZA, WINE POLICE, SECOND: “I wish I could have been outside (of Cyclometer and Edwin Maldonado) because it would have been easier to get position. He pressured me throughout the race so I decided to wait and attack him in the end.


BRICE BLANC, MISS SERENDIPITY, WINNER: “I tracked Emollient our last time out and my mare backed up on me so I tracked her this time as well, but I was able to ease up today. My mare has been improving with each race. She just needed to get acclimated. She was aggressive her first few races and they wanted to try and change that style. It took us a little while to work on her but now she’s acclimating. I watched her replays before I ever rode her and she’s always impressed me”


May 24, 2014


TYLER BAZE, FIRE WITH FIRE, WINNER: “I can do whatever I want with him, he’s very classy. It’s a confidence you get with horses. I know he’s going to be there when I ask him and he’s really shown me, from last year to this year, that he likes being out there on the lead. I thought I would be laying third today to Segway and Bright Thought, but it just didn’t work out that way. He relaxed so nice and I didn’t know what I was going to have left in the tank, but I knew he would give me something.

May 18, 2014


COREY NAKATANI, LET FAITH ARISE, WINNER: “She did everything she was supposed to do. We had to call an audible, because we thought we’d be sitting 1-2 early, but those other two (Yahilwa, ridden by Kent Desormeaux, and Eblouissante, ridden by Gary Stevens) went pretty quick, so we sat back off them and it worked out. She relaxed really well and she ran a great race.”

KENT DESORMEAUX, YAHILWA, SECOND: “When the winner passed me, my filly came back and passed her again.

May 17, 2014


JOE TALAMO, OBVIOUSLY, WINNER: “I knew we were rollin’, but I was surprised with how fast we went. He fooled me. I thought we went the three quarters in like 1:09 . . . He’s ageless, he’s truly amazing. I knew Gary (Stevens, aboard Silentio) was going after me, but you can’t take a hold of this horse. You just gotta throw his head away and let him roll.

“Believe it or not, he took about four or five breathers today.

April 26, 2014


MARIO GUTIERREZ, DANCINGTOTHESTARS, WINNER: “I got a perfect trip. Unfortunately, there was an objection but looking at the replay, it happened just like I thought it did. I don’t think I needed to do anything differently, I didn’t bother anybody. She responded really well today. She’s always been a great filly.


EDWIN MALDONADO, STORM FIGHTER, WINNER: “It was the plan to go to the lead. There was no speed in the race so we thought we would take advantage of that. I thought one of Hollendorfer’s horses would go with me to pressure us, but we made the lead easy and it was all him. I think he likes this distance. Last time out (at a mile) he went forty five for the half and he’s been training great ever since so I think he likes it.”

RAFAEL BEJARANO, ROUSING SERMON, SECOND: “I had a good trip. My horse broke good from the gate. The winner was much the best.


COREY NAKATANI, TOP KISSER, WINNER: “It was my first time on her today. She sprinted really well when she first started out (going 6 ½ at Hollywood Park in 2012). Dan (Ward) and Jerry (Hollendorfer) give me opportunity after opportunity on horses and I’m so glad she was in the right spot here today. She was feeling good and I was just biding my time to let her do a little running and I let her stretch her legs. She ran really well.”