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October 10, 2011

JOCKEY QUOTES

PATRICK VALENZUELA, CALIFORNIA FLAG, WINNER: “He ran a great race. He relaxed, sat behind the leaders and moved up around the turn. I had horse coming across the dirt and he just kicked on and fought it out hard. He’s a fighter. He ran a good race down at Del Mar on the synthetic, but he does like the turf a lot better.”

TRAINER QUOTES

October 9, 2011

JOCKEY QUOTES

JOEL ROSARIO, HOME SWEET ASPEN, WINNER: “It was easy because she went to the lead, and that’s how she likes to run. I had to keep her working coming for home. A couple horses started coming a little bit, but she started kicking away. There were some tough horses in here.”

TRAINER QUOTES

October 8, 2011

JOCKEY QUOTES

MIKE SMITH, AMAZOMBIE, WINNER: “He just oozes class. You have to really give a lot of credit to Bill (Spawr) and his crew. He’s a big strong horse and Bill just keeps him happy, sound, and fit. He just runs dynamite and never runs a bad one. Today was one of his very good ones, and being back on dirt helps a real lot. He deserves his chance now in the Breeders’ Cup. He’s got great tactical speed, a great turn of foot, and a race at Churchill Downs could really set up well for him. We’ll see what happens.”

TRAINER QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES

MARTIN GARCIA, JERANIMO, WINNER: “He has been running with some really tough horses so I think the group today was the perfect kind for him. I let him run and do whatever he wanted to do, so he put himself in that position. I didn’t expect that I would have that much horse, but he’s a good horse.”

TRAINER QUOTES

October 2, 2011

JOCKEY QUOTES

PATRICK VALENZUELA, ACCLAMATION, WINNER: “This win feels great. This horse has done everything I asked him to do, and he’s done a lot in the past for other jockeys. He’s just a great, great horse who just gives it his all and lays it out on the racetrack.”
When asked whether he was worried about the oncoming threat of Champ Pegasus: “No, not at all. I had plenty of horse left.”

JOCKEY QUOTES

October 1, 2011

JOCKEY QUOTES

JOEL ROSARIO, CREATIVE CAUSE, WINNER: “The race set up good and he did everything easy. He showed me that he was the best horse in the race. This was his first time going long. The horse on the front had an easy lead and I was just tracking him. When I asked him to go, he just took off. I don’t know how good he is, but he ran his best race today.”

TRAINER QUOTES

MIKE HARRINGTON, CREATIVE CAUSE, WINNER: “Yes, we will take him to the Breeders’ Cup (Juvenile at Churchill Downs on Nov. 5) off of this race. That’s the reason we ran him. It’s a ‘Win and You’re In’ race.”

JOCKEY QUOTES

CHANTAL SUTHERLAND, GAME ON DUDE, WINNER: “Bob (Baffert) wanted this horse in the race early. He’s the boss and it (pressing the pace) agreed with his style. We broke a little sluggish and I wanted to be sure and press Joel (Rosario, aboard Tres Borrachos). Kudos to Bob. His horses are always fit and to run like he did today, he had to be fit. I could hear Trevor Denman through the stretch and I knew it was getting tighter and tighter. I couldn’t see who was coming but Trevor helped push me on.”