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November 5, 2011

JOCKEY QUOTES

VICTOR ESPINOZA, JOHN JOHNY JAK, WINNER: “I thought it was going to be easy at the top of the stretch. I let him open up but the horse on the inside was game and kept coming back to stay right with me. I had to calculate my timing right at the wire. This horse is always in the money, he’s always there.”

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October 29, 2011

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RAFAEL BEJARANO, STARLIGHT MAGIC, WINNER: “After we found a position around the first turn she was just cruising. When we turned into the stretch, she was kinda playing around a little bit. She’s a free-running filly with a long stride and a good kick. She’s improving with every race and she’ll go further.”

MARTIN PEDROZA, WILLA B AWESOME, SECOND: “I couldn’t have had a better trip than that one. She’s a nice filly. I was a little bit surprised. I thought she might get tired but she finished running. The other filly just outran me today”

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RAFAEL BEJARANO, ROUSING SERMON, WINNER: “My horse ran really good today. I’ve been working him at Hollywood Park to get him ready for this race. He’s been getting better and better every work, and the last work he did really good. I knew he was going to be tough in this race. When I saw the number three (Motown Men) was hanging out a little bit in the stretch I got my opportunity to get clear and my horse showed me a big kick.”

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RAFAEL BEJARANO, NORVSKY, WINNER: “In the beginning the pace was a little slow so I decided to get in closer. I didn’t want to stay too far back if they were going too slow. When I found my position I got some room in the stretch and just let him go. I was a little worried at the stretch because I had to move early at the three-eighths pole to get him close, then I needed to make another move at the top of the stretch. My horse had enough to keep going and he showed me a big kick.”

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JOEL ROSARIO, COURTSIDE, WINNER: “He likes to run on the lead like that, and at six furlongs that is the way to do it. I just let him get away and hoped that he would hold on. To me it looks like he can hold on perfect at six furlongs. He ran very good today.”

PATRICK VALENZUELA, BOB BLACK JACK, SECOND: “He ran a great race. He’d been out for a while. He ran very fast. He was kind of stuck on the inside. I couldn’t get my way to the outside. He tried. He got second place.

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RAFAEL BEJARANO, UNZIP ME, WINNER: “My agent and I have been working hard. I have to give him a lot of credit. He’s been working really hard every morning and trying to pick the right horses for each race. I’m very happy, and I want to say thanks to all the trainers. They give me the opportunity and keep trusting me, so I try to do my best with all my horses. Today I followed the speed and made one big run. She has improved a lot and she’s getting better. I think she will only keep getting better and better.”

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October 23, 2011

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JOEL ROSARIO, IRISH ART, WINNER: “He ran a very good race today down the hill. I don’t know how good the competition was, but he ran a really good race. The first race where he broke his maiden he went right to the lead but there was not a lot of speed that day. Today he stuck close to the pace, so I think he can do whatever he wants to do.”

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CARLA GAINES, IRISH ART, WINNER: “We were worried about the one hole, but as it turned out, it wasn’t an issue. Look at him. It looks like he didn’t even run. He took to the course like a duck to water.”

October 22, 2011

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PATRICK VALENZUELA, ISMENE, WINNER: “I worked her at Del Mar and she worked very well for me down there. I knew she would pop the first time out. She’s a Cal-bred and today she ran against some good fillies. She sure did her thing today.”
When asked about trainer Bill Spawr’s directions to take a hold of her at the start: “She broke so good you’ve got to call an audible when those things happen. I did take a hold of her anyways and waited maybe one run out with her, but unfortunately she was on the lead, but it was fortunate for me.”

October 16, 2011

JOCKEY QUOTES

MARTIN GARCIA, UP IN TIME, WINNER: “The race set up perfect. She’s a good filly and she took me to where I wanted to be. I wanted to get the jump on the other horses, and that’s exactly what happened. When I asked her she just took off. I’m very lucky to ride for Simon Callaghan because he doesn’t ride that many jocks, just the lucky ones I guess.”

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October 15, 2011

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MARTIN PEDROZA, ULTIMATE EAGLE, WINNER: “I really didn’t want to be in a speed duel, but I had a fast horse and had to use it to my advantage. I had an inside post and the other speed horse came beside me and I took advantage of that into the first turn. My horse was going fast but he was pretty comfortable. There was never a doubt in my mind he could run this big. In my mind he was not 40-1 or whatever his odds were. I like this horse and I told Mike “wow” when I worked him last. That’s all I can say about this horse.”

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