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March 3, 2012

JOCKEY QUOTES

MARTIN GARCIA, EDEN’S MOON, WINNER: “She’s a really good filly. Even though they put pressure on her right out of the gate, she relaxed for me. The seven (Reneesgotzip, with Corey Nakatani) pressed me real hard going to the far turn and she bumped my filly’s hind end which turned her a little sideways and she switched leads.”

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JOEL ROSARIO, WILLYCONKER, WINNER: “The race set up perfect for me today. I just tried to lay in behind the speed, save ground and make one run with him. He tried hard today to beat Mr. Commons and ran a really good race today. I was very happy to turn the tables on Mr. Commons today; my horse gave everything he had. I just tried to run my race and see how far I could go.”

MIKE SMITH, MR. COMMONS, SECOND: “He ran great. I had an eighth of a mile to get by

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JOSE LEZCANO, RON THE GREEK, WINNER: “I didn’t want to be on the inside so I had to use him the whole way to make him keep going. At the half-mile pole I had a lot of horse, but I had to keep asking my horse. My horse is like a bicycle, you keep asking and he will keep running. The last three races he has been improving. His last race in Florida he was racing a shorter distance and the other horse opened up early and I couldn’t catch him. He was really coming the last three-sixteenths, but the other horse opened up too early”

February 26, 2012

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ESWAN FLORES, TONES, WINNER: “This has been a dream of mine since I was eight years old. I wanted to be here so much I didn’t even care if I was a galloper; I just wanted to be around horses. Now I’m here winning races, and winning a stakes race is the best feeling ever. I saw the wire and I saw my nose in front of another horse, but it was a tight race. I was really scared and couldn’t wait for the wire to get there.”

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February 25, 2012

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MARTIN GARCIA, THE FACTOR, WINNER: “My horse was the only speed today, so nobody wanted to let him go on the lead by himself. My horse was really comfortable on the backstretch and that’s the way he wants to run. He’s been learning more and more every time he runs and he’s improving so much. He’s just going to get better and better.”
When asked about his thoughts on the inquiry that took place:
“I was a lane in front of Victor (Espinoza’s) horse. I came in a little today, but there was nobody there and I’m not sure why there was an inquiry.”

February 20, 2012

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COREY NAKATANI, CITY TO CITY, WINNER: “We were hoping that there would be some legitimate pace in the race, and in a mile race there always is. This filly was doing fabulous coming into the race. I couldn’t have been in a better spot and the way the race developed was perfect. I felt I won the race, but Brice’s (Blanc) horse (Up In Time) was flying at me and I wasn’t sure if we would hold on. When that filly came to her she actually started to run again. I just made sure I had enough horse to get to the position I wanted to be in and she ran a big race.”

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February 19, 2012

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MARTIN GARCIA, DRILL, WINNER: “I don’t know what made the difference today, I guess he just wanted to run. He’s a really good horse so I don’t know what happened in his last races, but he put everything together today. The finish was close but I was confident I got the win.”

February 18, 2012

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MARTIN GARCIA, ELLAFITZ, WINNER: “She had pressure all the way around the track, but that’s the way she likes to run. She was alone on the front, and when the other horses got involved she responded and didn’t let them pass. Today she did what she wanted to and just kept going. Whenever I asked her, she just took off. She’s a pretty good filly.

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February 12, 2012

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JOEL ROSARIO, INDIGO RIVER, WINNER: “She ran a little better today than she did last time out. I think when she learns how to relax she will get even better. She’s a very nice filly.”

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JEFF MULLINS, INDIGO RIVER, WINNER: “Believe it or not, she kind of needed the first race we gave her here (Jan. 13, a half-length victory). That was our plan, to just give her a race and if she won, fine. But man, she’s trained really well, and obviously, we’re pointing for the Providencia down the road.”

February 11, 2012

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