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October 20, 2012

JOCKEY QUOTES

GARRETT GOMEZ, BROKEN DREAMS, WINNER: “I had some concerns (about Kindle’s big lead). The simple fact is, coming to the dirt, instead of picking her (Kindle) up, she (Kindle) actually moved away from me another length or so and I was like, Oh, man. I know my filly is going to stay going 6 ½ and I know she’s going to keep coming.

“But by the time we hit inside the eighth pole, she (Kindle) wasn’t coming back still. I had maybe made up a little bit of ground on her, but not much, not enough to get there . . .

October 13, 2012

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MARTIN GARCIA, MONUMENT, WINNER: “He was back and forth today. I think he looked too much at the people in the grandstands. I had a lot of horse, that’s why he had time to look around. This was the first time he’s run at a distance, and it looks like he likes it.”

JOEL ROSARIO, BALLARD RULER, SECOND: “It was a good race. It was his first time (going) long and he showed that could run.

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JOEL ROSARIO, TIZ FLIRTATIOUS, WINNER: “She’s a pretty nice filly. I’ve rode her before and she acted really good last time I rode her. She was still rank in her last race, maybe that’s why she got tired. Today she was really relaxed and she covered a lot of ground when I asked her to run. She looked good.”

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GARRETT GOMEZ, MAUI MARK, WINNER: “It wasn’t the smoothest of trips. I squeezed him early just to help him get on his feet and he kind of struggled, so then I just tried to find a rhythm for him and a spot that he was traveling well in. I got to the turn, and he tried to spread the turn a little bit, so I got him back inside. Once I got him lined up and started focusing on making some kind of run, I pointed him where I wanted to go and his confidence started growing because he knew he was getting out from behind the dirt.

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JOE TALAMO, BELLA VIAGGIA, WINNER: “Before she actually ran I worked her about seven or eight times so I was very familiar with her. We just had a great trip. Mike (Puype) had her ready to go today. The rail opened up good and we just shot on through.”

KEVIN KRIGGER, MISDEALORNODEAL, SECOND: “I had a good trip. I kind of had the perfect trip. I started about three wide, perfect outside the front runners. When I asked her to run, she kept her stride. The one horse (Bella Viaggia) got her on the inside and it worked out good for him (Talamo). We ran our race.

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TYLER BAZE, LUCKY PRIMO, WINNER: “Lucky Primo, I love that name. At this stage of my career I’m definitely appreciating things more, especially the shots everybody’s giving me right now. I’ve got a whole lot of live horses that people have been putting me on and it’s just a blessing.”

BRICE BLANC, GOT EVEN, SECOND: “I had a beautiful trip. It worked out great, just like Peter (Miller) and I planned it in the paddock. Peter was a little worried and wasn’t sure he could go the distance, but he relaxed really nicely and finished up strong.

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RAFAEL BEJARANO, TILDE, WINNER: “My horse broke so beautiful from the gate and I just wanted to make sure I put her in the right spot. When I found my position, I just tried to get her comfortable and not rush her too much. When I saw somebody moving from the inside I tried to keep my position and not get pushed out. As soon as I came to the stretch I let her go and she came running. She was flying in the end. This is a good filly. She’s getting better.

October 8, 2012

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RAFAEL BEJARANO, GERVINHO, WINNER: “At the three-eighths pole my horse slipped really bad. When he was coming he slipped right away so I tried to get a hold of my horse, that’s why I lost a couple lengths. Once I saw the stretch I pulled him up and he came running. He showed me a big kick.”

GARRETT GOMEZ, DEN’S LEGACY, SECOND: “I thought he had done enough to win the race, but Carla’s (Gaines) horse ended up making that late run and finished up really well. But our horse did everything a horse is supposed to. He did stuff that two-year-olds really don’t do. He was very responsive to everything I asked him to do, even going through the hole. There was a tight hole when I turned for home and he didn’t even think about it, he just ran right through it. He finished up well, he just got beat today.”

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JOE TALAMO, FLASHY WAYS, WINNER: “We just had a perfect trip. Three of them went out there in a speed duel and we just sat behind. Then turning for home I turned her out and had a lot of horse. She’s bred up and down for the turf on her dam’s side. Richard (Baltas) has done a great job with her. She was fit and ready to go today. Again, I just had a perfect trip with a good horse underneath.”

GARRETT GOMEZ, WISHING GATE, SECOND: “I had a really good trip but I had to wait a little bit at the quarter pole. Joe (Talamo) moved out and cut me a little close but after I turned for home I had all the time in the world to go get the leader. That other filly just ran really good today. My filly is coming around; she’s just learning what it’s about. These are young babies and it’s all a learning process for them. Hopefully she’ll learn from it and move forward.”

October 7, 2012

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MIKE SMITH, RUMOR, WINNER: “She ran dynamite. Richard (Mandella) just said to let her run her race. He wanted me to let her break and see what she decides, then go from there. She broke really kind and I saw the favorite was going to ease back so I went ahead and moved her up so I could keep the favorite inside of me. It all worked out great. I’ve seen Garrett (Gomez) win some good ones on her. She always comes back and fights, so I knew she would at least give me something to fight with, and she did.”

RAFAEL BEJARANO, WINDING WAY, FOURTH: “She just didn’t fire today.”