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February 18, 2012

JOCKEY QUOTES

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.

TRAINER QUOTES

February 12, 2012

JOCKEY QUOTES

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.”

TRAINER QUOTES

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

JOCKEY QUOTES

February 5, 2012

JOCKEY QUOTES

CHANTAL SUTHERLAND, GAME ON DUDE, WINNER: “He’s such a good horse. He was strong today and had a lot left. He wasn’t even sweating when he came back; it was like a workout for him. I had to look at the TV to see if anybody was around because I couldn’t hear anybody. When I looked at the TV and saw it was clear sailing I was so happy. What’s amazing about this horse is that when I went up to Joe Talamo’s horse (Skipshot) he was so aggressive and wanted to pass him. Once he passed him he relaxed. I knew he needed to keep doing his business and he was very responsive to me.”

February 4, 2012

JOCKEY QUOTES

MIKE SMITH, MR. COMMONS, WINNER: “He’s just incredible. Like I said before, he makes me feel like a kid again. When I ride him he gives me a whole lot of guts because I believe in him so much. I know that he’s going to go anywhere I ask him to go, and he does it with extreme acceleration. He just makes my job really easy.”

JOCKEY QUOTES

MARIO GUTIERREZ, I’LL HAVE ANOTHER, WINNER: “This is my biggest win. It’s a great thrill.”

JOCKEY QUOTES

MARTIN PEDROZA, ULTIMATE EAGLE, FIRST: “My plan was to take the lead. When I didn’t see Corey on the lead I figured he might have broke a step slow. I was in front and he took the lead easily and Corey came and then Rosario and then my horse took off. After that it was like a three-horse race. I wanted to let Corey go but my horse was pulling so hard I didn’t want to choke him down. After that he did the rest. Without a doubt this is the best horse. He’s like a freak. Believe me this horse is just learning how to run.”

January 29, 2012

JOCKEYS

RAFAEL BEJARANO, UNZIP ME, WINNER: “I should have been on the lead. I didn’t try to use too much horse this time. I knew the three was going to put on pressure. My filly broke really sharp from the gate and I saw the three rush a little bit so I decided to take her back and wait a little bit. She showed me a big kick in the stretch.”

JOEL ROSARIO, TERODA, SECOND: “Perfect trip. That’s a tough horse (Unzip Me) to beat. I tried my best to beat her. She’s always there. I thought my horse ran a very good race, we were just second best today.”

TRAINERS

January 28, 2012

JOCKEY QUOTES

MARTIN PEDROZA, WILLA B AWESOME, WINNER: “My plan was, there was no speed on paper, so if they would chase me for a little bit, I could pull her away early. If the other horses had to come from behind, I figured I’d have a pretty good chance to win the race. It was just the way I planned it. I took advantage of her speed. I put her where she wanted to be, and then I said, ‘Come and get me.’”