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January 13, 2013


TYLER BAZE, SNOW FALL, WINNER: “I haven’t had that feeling from a horse in a long time. I had so much horse under me, it’s just a great feeling to have from such a good horse like that. Jerry (Hollendorfer) gave me the opportunity, so I was going to take advantage of it.”

(In response to her second-place finish in the Kalookan Queen here Dec.


RAFAEL BEJARANO, JERANIMO, WINNER: “I had a ton of horse from the beginning all the way to the end. I never had to use the stick. He just galloped the whole race. Coming into the stretch I asked a little bit, and he responded with a big kick. The way he ran today was impressive.”

(Is it important to keep an older horse, like Jeranimo happy?)

“(Jeranimo) has run so often that he knows what he’s doing during a race. You can put him wherever you want. He can be on the lead or he can come from behind.

January 12, 2013


MIKE SMITH, FED BIZ, WINNER: “I really liked him when I breezed him before the race on opening day and for some odd reason he got really hot. I hadn’t taken two steps inside the gate and he was over, threw me out the back, and he just wasn’t right after that. I told Bob (Baffert about the incident) when I got to see him later that day and ever since they’ve really been schooling him.

January 6, 2013


GARY STEVENS, JEBRICA, THIRD: “You can prepare all you want – like preparing a horse for a race in the morning. There’s nothing like a race itself. It feels good to get the cobwebs out, and I feel good. I’m proud of the people who have helped me get to this point, and I want to make them proud moving forward.”

(What did it feel like after seven years?)

“It felt really good. I rode long enough to know that turning into the backside, I was going to be loaded coming into the stretch.


MIKE SMITH, MIZDIRECTION, WINNER: “When I saw Kindle get away as well as she did and relax as well as she did, the game plan turned into me thinking that I needed to be closer to run her down. If (Kindle) would have come out of there really running, I might have set back a little bit, but she was cool, calm and collected. So I thought I had better be closer, because when she crosses that dirt, she’s going to kick. And she did.

She (Kindle) actually made me idle for a sixteenth of a mile there, where I wondered if I was going to get there.

January 5, 2013


MARTIN GARCIA, COIL, WINNER: “I had a really good horse inside of me (Ultimate Eagle), and I just tried to follow the way he was going. When I asked him (Coil) to go, he just responded, and that was it. He has been a really good horse for a long time.”

MARTIN PEDROZA, ULTIMATE EAGLE, SECOND: “The race went very well but it’s hard when you have three Bafferts; one chasing you and the other two setting it up for the other one. He ran very well though; second race off the layoff, I couldn’t ask for more.


KEVIN KRIGGER, GOLDENCENTS, WINNER: “Today was a great race – the first race back and he shows us that he’s pretty versatile. We’re all happy and pumped up about it. We had a good challenge (in the stretch), but by the time we got to the eighth pole, I got him on top of his feet, and just said ‘Let’s go,’ and that was it.

“From the gate, I got a little bump from the one (Den’s Legacy) on the inside, and by then Martin (Garcia) had already cleared us a little bit. That made me have to ride a smart race by taking him back and putting him on the outside.

January 1, 2013


JULIEN LEPAROUX, SKY HIGH GAL, WINNER: “It (the pace scenario) didn’t go exactly to plan; she was sharp right away, and a little keen before the first turn. She relaxed very well on the backside though. She got a little tired today but she showed a lot of heart, tried the whole way.”

JOE TALAMO, SCARLET STRIKE, SECOND: “It was close, I was hoping we had a good (head) bob; it’s unfortunate. She handled her first time on turf great, handled it real well. We were able to get a good, ground-saving trip.

December 30, 2012


JULIEN LEPAROUX, QARAABA, WINNER: “Simon (Callaghan) told me to ride her with a lot of confidence and I did. She’s a very handy filly and she relaxed perfectly. As you could see, she won pretty easily and she had a lot left.”

GARRETT GOMEZ, MORE CHOCOLATE, THIRD: “The horse handled everything really well. She was just a little stronger than I was expecting her to be early on. I kept trying to get her to relax and get off the bridle; when she finally did we were traveling well.

December 29, 2012


VICTOR ESPINOZA, TEDDY’S PROMISE, WINNER: “I had a great trip. I had a good post outside. She’s got a lot of class. When she wants to run, she’s the best. I liked the post a lot; when she’s inside she doesn’t always like it.”

TYLER BAZE, SNOW FALL, SECOND: “I’m still getting to know this filly, it’s her first time here; she’s from back east. I’ve only been on her once in the morning, so I’m still getting to know her. She gave me what I thought she had today but that other horse was just a little too much for her.