Stakes Quotes

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February 24, 2013


RAFAEL BEJARANO, AIN’T NO OTHER, WINNER: (You’re winning races for everyone, but especially Jerry Hollendorfer) “Well, you know it’s always a pleasure to run for him. He’s one of the top trainers in California and he’s always giving me great opportunities to ride his horses. He always has good horses. I’m glad to win with his horse today, down the hill.”

(How did the first time blinkers help this horse?) “Well, today he showed me a lot of speed from the gate, but I didn’t want to be on the lead, so I let the speed go a little bit.

February 23, 2013


COREY NAKATANI, UNBRIDLED’S NOTE, WINNER: “I felt I had the race. My horse, he’s such a real nice horse, a real game horse. I want to thank Mr. McCarty (the owner) for letting me have this opportunity with him, and Steve (Blasi, assistant to Steve Asmussen.) You know, it’s been a tough meet for us but they are very good horses. Sometimes they’re not on their game, and today he wasn’t on his best and he was still able to get the job done. The turf was a little soft, had a lot of cut to it and he kept switching leads on it.


JOE TALAMO, SAHARA SKY, WINNER: “They had a real hot pace; it really set up good for us today. I’ll tell you what; this horse is one of those that only gets better with age. Jerry (Hollendorfer) has done a great job with him. He runs well fresh. It was going so fast up there and they stopped pretty good for us, but my horse was really running the last part.”

(If he thinks the horse can stretch out)

“I think he loved it. Anywhere from six to seven furlongs, he’s just a great sprinter. I think anything withone turn he’ll be good at.

February 18, 2013


MIKE SMITH, MIZDIRECTION, WINNER: “If anything good came out of it, she rated really well (Referring to a bumping incident at the break). I don’t know if it was because of that or she was just going to rate well. She’s a much more mature horse this year. She’s stronger, she’s bigger, and she’ll definitely get a mile. I thought if a horse was going to come to her she would have dug back in so now at least we have options. There’s not too many six or six and a halves but we can kind of pick our spots.

February 17, 2013


DAVID FLORES, SHAKIN IT UP, WINNER: (In response to being back on this horse) “It reminds me of the good ol’ days. It brings me back to a time when I was riding these kind of horses, and it’s good to be back on a horse like this.”

(This was almost a blanket finish, how was it working your way through that traffic?) “He put me in a spot I wasn’t expecting. He put me in the race right away, so I just had to be patient and wait for the pocket to open, and that’s pretty much what happened.

February 16, 2013


GARY STEVENS, GREAT HOT, WINNER: “At the three-eighths pole I let her out a notch and it wasn’t full tilt yet, but it was enough to get their attention. When we turned into the stretch she had enough still to hold the other filly off.”

(Did you like the way you got her to relax going into the first turn?)

“It was so sweet. I moved her out about three wide and she just shut it down and was listening to my commands all the way around.

February 10, 2013


GARY STEVENS, PURIM’S DANCER, WINNER: (In response to Stevens seeing her race last time out with Garrett Gomez up and if he thought she had a good late kick) “Yeah, I went back and watched her race from the other day when Garrett rode her and tried to draw up the same trip, and we got it. When we crossed the dirt, Garrett’s filly (Nechez Dawn) kind of scooted out and my filly has a quick turn of foot though, and it was over with in a matter of strides.”

(I heard you say to Tom Proctor (trainer) you think she can go further) “She will.

February 9, 2013


GARY STEVENS, SLIM SHADEY, WINNER: “It was a very comfortable pace. I was just telling Christina (Olivares for HRTV) that when we came under the wire the first time if they left me alone mid-way down the backside, the race was over with; he was very happy. When I worked him the other morning it seemed like the horse was happy. I just wanted to stay out of his way and let him be his own man, and that’s exactly what he is. He wants to be his own man and have you stay out of his way.

February 3, 2013


MIKE SMITH, GAME ON DUDE, WINNER: “You know I got pressured, even more so than if it was a full field, believe it or not. In these short fields people make you do things because it’s more of a match race. He has a high, high cruising speed and you just let him get into his rhythm whether that’s up front or off the lead. I let him do his thing today and he ran brilliant to be honest. He stood up over on the turn, took one breath and turned around like it was nothing.

February 2, 2013


JULIEN LEPAROUX, FLASHBACK, WINNER: “I think he’s still a little green, it was an easy race, we won easy, and this is a nice horse. If he keeps improving, I think he has a bright future.”

(This is Flashback’s first time going long; how was he switching leads?)

“He was great changing leads, even on the backside he switched to his right lead right away. I had no problem with that.”

(Can you compare Flashback to Union Rags at all?)

“Not yet. I think he will improve off this race, and I can’t wait to ride him next time out.