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January 26, 2013

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RAFAEL BEJARANO, TIZ FLIRTACIOUS, WINNER: “She’s been running really well the past few races. I was hoping there would be a little speed today, but there wasn’t . . . Before the first turn she was rank because we were going so slow, but once she relaxed she picked it up. This horse has a lot of experience and she ran good.”

MARTIN PEDROZA, BEST PRESENT EVER, ALSO-RAN: “Unfortunately, it’s a shame something like this happened in a stakes race. It happens. My saddle went forward. I had no control. I had no control or guidance of my horse.

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GARRETT GOMEZ, QIAONA, WINNER: “The race actually just kind of fell apart. My horse just kept going at the same speed and when I turned for home I told her to go and I picked off a couple of horses. Then all of a sudden I started to pick them off left and right, but she never really accelerated much. She just kept doing what she was doing and the horses up front were looking to be done.

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GARRETT GOMEZ, TIZ A MINISTER, WINNER: “It was an exact copy of what happened in the last race. This little horse was running. I cranked him up, he settled in behind them and he traveled well. He was really turned off all the way on the backside and when I had to get him up a little bit he did so willingly. When I angled him out he really did go to running and I got him to switch leads. He ran down Julien’s (Leparoux) horse. Julien’s horse wasn’t lying down, my horse was actually running.”

JULIEN LEPAROUX, OMEGA STAR, SECOND: “We had a good trip.

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VICTOR ESPINOZA, TEDDY’S PROMISE, WINNER: “She set up very well for me. She broke a little slow out of the gate but it was good for me. That’s what I wanted, a chance to move to the outside. There were two horses in front of me and I just tracked them. At the three-eighths pole I kind of just let her do her own thing, and turning for home I just let her run.

“She’s an unbelievable filly and I know Ron (Ellis) is the best in training her. When she’s good she can beat anybody. She and I have been getting along the few times I rode her.

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MARTIN GARCIA, JOHN SCOTT, WINNER: “He’s a really good horse. He’s been unlucky the races before, but today he ran a really good race. I had so much horse when we turned for the top of the stretch but he felt lonely and started looking for company. I didn’t think the other horses could have passed me at anytime because I had a lot of horse. He was waiting for company, and as soon as they came he started running again.”

JUAN HERNANDEZ, HUNTSVILLE, SECOND: “My horse was running, but he just didn’t have anywhere to go. He ran good.

January 21, 2013

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EDWIN MALDONADO, DISTINCTIV PASSION, WINNER: “It’s not always easy getting him to relax. Now that he is starting to relax I don’t think stretching out to seven (furlongs) should be any problem. He has gone 1:08 (final time today was 1:08.50) in his last two races so we know he has speed.”

(In response to where he might be pointed next. He is SA Derby-nominated): “I’m not sure.

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TYLER BAZE, RENEE’S TITAN, WINNER: (In response to Dennis O’Neill’s comment that Renee’s Titan is “crazy”): “She’s got a few problems in her head, but she can really run when she holds it all together and she proved that today.

“I have a lot of confidence in this filly. I’ve been working her from the gate in the mornings for Doug so I knew she would break well. She’s very good in the gate, doesn’t move. I think I broke on the lead even, I just sat on her and was as patient as I could be.

January 20, 2013

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GARRETT GOMEZ, MORE CHOCOLATE, WINNER: “I just let her relax and wasn’t in a hurry with her. She was relaxed going into the first turn then jumped up in the bridle on me; I didn’t want to get into a wrestling match with her so I let her be. She settled into a good rhythm going down the backside. I haven’t had a horse turn for home like she did for me in a long time. She was looking around and in a high cruise control.

January 19, 2013

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JOE TALAMO, SAHARA SKY, WINNER: (In response to the horse coming off a layoff and going off at such a big price): “I was real confident. I know Jerry (Hollendorfer) always has them nice and tight off the layoff. He ran unbelievable. That was actually the closest he’s ever run; I thought he was going to be 10 lengths further back than he was. He broke sharply, he put me right there, and I still had a lot of horse when I called on him. I just followed him (Rafael Bejarano on Justin Phillip) the whole race; whatever he did, I did.

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BRICE BLANC, A JEALOUS WOMAN, WINNER: (In response to having to move early) “When I made the decision, I knew she would quicken for me and keep that steady run going. She’s not one of those fillies that have a quick acceleration but she has a steady, long, fast run. So we . . . Francis (Meza, the trainer) and Eddie (Meza, her husband) have been working to get her to come down a little bit. She was way too fast early on, and didn’t finish quick enough. This whole year has been a great experience for her and for me as well. She is a nice filly to ride.