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February 2, 2013

JOCKEY QUOTES

JOE TALAMO, GUILT TRIP, WINNER: “It really set up great for him. The extra sixteenth (of a mile from the San Fernando) really helped. I think the mile and a quarter (of the Santa Anita Handicap on March 2) he’ll love even more.

“He’s a professional. I just had to point him in the right direction today. Bob (Baffert) did a great job and I’m happy to have the opportunity for Mr. and Mrs. West. It’s all good.”

JULIEN LEPAROUX, STEPHANOATSEE, SECOND: “It was a good trip for us. There wasn’t any pace for us.

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JOE TALAMO, SUGGESTIVE BOY, WINNER: “He’s a very nice horse, and we really had a perfect trip. Everything set up great for us. They were flying up there. I was a little worried before the race, being in the 13 hole. Not too many horses win from out there, but he’s such a classy horse to get over and save some ground. Mr. McAnally has done a great job with him. He hasn’t run since the Breeders’ Cup, and he’s brought him along just great.

January 26, 2013

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RAFAEL BEJARANO, FIFTYSHADESOFHAY, WINNER: “I had to move a little early today. The pace was fast but the way the track played today was really fast. I was really comfortable with my horse, and when I saw the other horse (Escape Act) was done at the three-eighths pole I let my horse go and open up three or four lengths in the stretch because I knew they weren’t going to catch me.”

JOE TALAMO, SCARLET STRIKE, 3-2 FAVORITE, THIRD: “We had a pretty good trip today. The track is pretty fast.

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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.