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April 3, 2011

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MIKE SMITH, AMAZOMBIE, WINNER: “Bill (Spawr) and I discussed that we were going to follow the number one horse (Atta Boy Roy). But he didn’t get away so well. When he didn’t get away, I just worked on getting out in the clear. So I just kept on needling my way out and I finally got out in the clear. I was able to sit there and make a run with (Steve) Asmussen’s horse (Captain Cherokee). We both fought it out to the end. He’s one of the coolest little horses I’ve been around. He’s just so full of class, and he knows what he’s out there for.”

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April 2, 2011

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JOEL ROSARIO, GILDED GEM, WINNER: “I’ve ridden her before and I moved a little early last time. Today I took my time and she responded well. She’s the kind of horse that wants to come from a little bit off the pace. I just let her relax and find her stride.”

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March 27, 2011

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COREY NAKATANI, CHURCH CAMP, WINNER: “The race set up pretty much the way I thought it would. The horse right next to me (Jax El) had early speed, and the horse Patrick Valenzuela (Briecat) was on is tactical. So I was just patient, moved to the outside, and just tried to give her a little breather from the half-mile to the quarter-pole. I set her in a spot I knew would be good enough, and I was trying not to move too soon because she was at such a high cruising speed.

March 26, 2011

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MARTIN PEDROZA, WORTH REPEATING, WINNER: “I rode this horse before and this is the kind that once you ride it, you fall in love with it. He was (Rafael) Bejarano’s horse, and I picked the horse up after Bejarano had the spill at Del Mar. He ran good and Richard (Mandella) was very happy. But Richard has his own riders and I was hoping to hook up with this horse again someday in the future. Today was the day. I got to know the horse, and it paid off.

March 20, 2011

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RAFAEL BEJARANO, JUNIPER PASS, WINNER: “My horse ran really well for his first time on the dirt. He surprised everybody. I knew the number eight (Dahoud) was going to go to the lead and try and slow the pace. My only chance was to put my horse right behind the speed the whole way around. I’m glad it worked out. My horse showed me a big kick in the stretch. The other horse (Dahoud) came running, but my horse was very strong.”

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RAFAEL BEJARANO, MILDLY OFFENSIVE, WINNER: “My filly was the best filly in the race. I wondered a little bit about the track conditions but when I started to warm up my filly it felt like she really liked it. I was hoping to break good from the gate. When I found my position I was right behind California Nectar. When the horse on the lead started lugging out a little bit I tried get to the rail, save a little ground, and let her run in the stretch.”

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March 19, 2011

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MARTIN PEDROZA, LA NEZ, WINNER: “She ran good. I got a perfect trip. She broke good and I tucked in right behind some horses. I was laying about four or five horses back. Just before I got to the top of the lane I put her into gear and she started running. She had one hell of a kick when I asked her to go, she just took off.”

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RAFAEL BEJARANO, MALIBU PIER, WINNER: “I was on an easy lead the first turn and I had a lot of horse. I knew number 8 (Lilly Fa Pootz) was going to try and go to the lead. I tried to make sure my horse was relaxed. At the half-mile pole I decided to let her relax . . . I gave her a little breather before I came to the turn and then let her go. When I came to the top of the stretch I let her shoot to the lead, and she showed me a big kick. She was really good today.”

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March 18, 2011

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COREY NAKATANI, REGALLY READY, WINNER: “Scotty (Blasi) is pretty sharp and Steve (Asmussen) has given us a lot of opportunities to win some races. It’s nice to win a nice little stakes with this horse. He’s done things right and Scott was very confident in his ability to control the race. I pretty much had him in hand. I just made sure to get him around in good order, set him down, and he kicked home.”

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March 13, 2011

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