Stakes Quotes

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April 14, 2013


COREY NAKATANI, SISTER KATE, WINNER: “I was trying to put her in the race and let her assert herself as the speed, but David (Flores) wanted to go on Baffert’s horse. I opted to let him go ahead and go, I got to his outside to track him and it ended up working out for us.”

DAVID FLORES, CANDREA, SECOND: “She got tired. I never got a chance to make her change her lead at the end, she was laying down. She tried, she was honest, and she gave me a great run, no complaints.

April 13, 2013


DAVID FLORES, MIZDIRECTION, WINNER: “She broke well. I was concerned about the break but she broke clean. I looked over and Talamo had a lot of horse (on Schiaparelli) so I let him cruise. There was no other pressure from anyone else so I just kind of waited to see how far he was going to go. She’s unbelievable. She knew exactly when she was going to do the job. “After we crossed the dirt, I got after her a bit and I let her know it was time to get there, but the last sixteenth I knew it was over. She is very smart, she knows what she’s doing.

April 7, 2013


RAFAEL BEJARANO, I DAZZLE, WINNER: “I could see that Gary Stevens (on 1-2 favorite In the Stars) was going pretty quick and I wanted to keep my horse relaxed. I could see Stevens open up around the turn and when I asked my horse, she gave me a good kick.”


JOHN SADLER, I DAZZLE, WINNER, MOONE’S MY NAME, SECOND, AND BYRONY, THIRD: “We wanted to get a good position, so he (Rafael Bejarano) rode a very good race, like Rafael always does.

April 6, 2013


GARRETT GOMEZ, BEHOLDER, 3-10 FAVORITE, WINNER: “She ran really well today. She left the gate like a shot. I went ahead and made the decision to clear most of them. I gave them (the field) a jump or two to see what they were going to do, and it looked like no one really wanted to go so I went ahead and crossed over, and was going to dictate it from there.

“I knew she was going to have to work a little harder today, just from the simple fact that Baffert let my horse get an easy lead in the Las Virgenes.


GARRETT GOMEZ, JIMMY CREED, WINNER: “Richard (Mandella) just told me to let him out of the gate, let him be happy, let him get up on his feet and see what happens. He didn’t want me to take too much away from him so I didn’t, and he traveled beautifully. I was able to set the bit up in his mouth and he traveled well all the way around.


RAFAEL BEJARANO, SCARLET STRIKE, WINNER: “I had to move a little early because the position I was in was going to make it a little hard to win. At the three-eighths pole I found my position right behind the leader so I just followed her and kept on running. I still had a lot of horse, and I knew I did, so that’s why I moved a little early to find a better position.”


JERRY HOLLDENDORFER, SCARLET STRIKE, WINNER: “A terrific race for this filly. I’m very proud of her.


KEVIN KRIGGER, GOLDENCENTS, WINNER: “Right here, right now, is the biggest moment of my life. It’s only going to get better, the horse, me, the team.

“As far as this horse, I had him relaxed and that’s the key to him all the way. I wasn’t fighting him, I really wasn’t, I just kept him at his pace and kept him relaxed.”

(During his post race interview with the media)

“These guys…Glen, Josh, Dave, Doug…they gave me the privilege to ride this horse the way I did today, confidently and with no instructions.

March 30, 2013


RAFAEL BEJARANO, DOINGHARDTIMEAGAIN, WINNER: “I just tried to find my position and figure it out from there. She was a little hot going to the gate, a little excited, but she was good once she was in the gate. When I saw that the favorite (Sweet Marini) didn’t break that well I just had to find my position and I would go from there, I was going to just follow the seven horse (Hail Mary).”

JOE TALAMO, SWEET MARINI, 3-5 FAVORITE, EIGHTH: “I had a good trip. She broke a little slow, and she just didn’t fire today.


JOE TALAMO, OMEGA STAR, WINNER: “I thought of all the horses that ran today, she (second choice, the lone filly, Could Be Trouble) would have won. That’s part of the game; those things happen, and you’ve got to just keep moving forward, movin’ on.”

(In response to how the trip went for him)

“That was a perfect trip. I had a lot of horse under me the whole way, tracked right outside, and he did the rest.”

VICTOR ESPINOZA, FIGHTING HUSSAR, SECOND: “He ran big. When he takes the lead he kind of waits for other horses.

March 24, 2013


JULIEN LEPAROUX, TIZ FLIRTATIOUS, WINNER: “She proved it again today. She’s never been worse than third in her career. She likes to run, and she’s a good mare, it was nice to be on her today. She’s a fighter; every jock likes those kind (of horses). She won big today, so it was good. She was a little keen today, but she dropped the bit and relaxed on the backside, and after that, she got up on them.