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January 30, 2011

JOCKEY QUOTES

JOEL ROSARIO, SWITCH, WINNER: “I didn’t think it would set up that easy. She’s a nice horse and she’s improving more and more everyday. John (Sadler) told me to stay close to the pace, and those were the only instructions he gave me. She’s just a really nice horse.”

TRAINER QUOTES

JOHN SADLER, SWITCH, WINNER: “These are the hardest ones to win, when you’re the heavy favorite. I thought we’d have a chance to be leader of the division this year, with Zenyatta retiring.

January 29, 2011

JOCKEY QUOTES

MIKE SMITH, AMAZOMBIE, WINNER: “Some horses, certain riders get along with. I know this horse really well. He’s one of those horses, that it doesn’t matter if he’s on the turf or dirt. The rail was something new today. I probably could’ve stayed down there and followed Cost of Freedom, but I knew the closers would be coming and we made them fan out a little bit, which helped. Bill Spawr’s done a great job with this horse.”

JOE TALAMO, COST OF FREEDOM, THIRD: “He ran a good race, it’s just Russell (Baze) ran with me so hard.

JOCKEY QUOTES

JOE TALAMO, CARACORTADO, WINNER: “He’s a very nice horse, and Mike (Machowsky) has done such a good job with him. He’s a freak on turf and has such a tremendous turn of foot. I really appreciate the opportunity; they did a heck of a job. Mike’s been working with him on the turf and I have been working him every time. He just explodes that last eighth. I think one of his workouts, he came home in ten and four and I didn’t even ask him the last eighth.

JOCKEY QUOTES

VICTOR ESPINOZA, EVENING JEWEL, WINNER: “She worked very nice in her last work (Jan. 19, six furlongs in 1:12.80). I knew she was going to run big today. I had a tremendous trip. There was plenty of speed in the race and she settled down nice and we saved ground around the first turn. There were quite a few horses in front of me down the backside, but I decided to just stay inside and try to get lucky. Midway around the turn, the horses in front of me got tired and drifted off the rail and I was able to cut the corner there at the quarter pole.

January 23, 2011

JOCKEY QUOTES

DAVID FLORES, IT TIZ, WINNER: “I was expecting the one (Southern Fireball) and the two (Burg Berg) to go a good pace, and they came out as expected. It doesn’t happen too many times like that, but today everything happened just the way I was hoping. I was hoping my filly would relax because she runs better when she’s relaxed in the first part of the race. She was able to finish like she did at Hollywood Park when I rode her the first couple times.

January 22, 2011

JOCKEY QUOTES

MIKE SMITH, EUROEARS, WINNER: “I have to give Bob (Baffert) a lot of the credit. He told me to take it to them and put him on the lead. Fortunately I broke well, but I had to kind of put him there. Once I got him going he was just cruising. He’s a great, great, classy horse. I knew what this horse was capable of because he has so much back class. I knew if I could get a clear lead, and at some point give him a breather, then go again, he would run well, and it worked.

January 17, 2011

JOCKEY

MARTIN PEDROZA, INDIAN WINTER, WINNER: “I just wanted to be close to the pace. Most horses here don’t seem to be coming from so far out of it, so I just wanted to be within striking distance. The number 3 horse (Sinai) was the speed, and I was comfortable being three, four, or five lengths off the pace. It was a matter of if my horse got tired chasing him, or he slowed down at the end.

JOCKEY QUOTES

RAFAEL BEJARANO, BOURBON BAY, WINNER: “I was pretty comfortable the whole way, and I was in a great position. When I saw number 5 (Marlang) get sent a little bit I decided to follow him. I knew the number 5 (Marlang) was a very tough horse, that’s why I had to keep my horse close to him and make one big run in the last furlong. When I saw the favorite (Champ Pegasus) was let go from the three-eighth’s I thought that he (Joel Rosario) didn’t have as much horse as I had.

January 16, 2011

JOCKEY QUOTES

RAFAEL BEJARANO, ALWAYS A PRINCESS, WINNER: “I tried to be on the lead. I sent my horse really hard in the beginning. When I saw the No. 1 (Joe Talamo on Champagne d’Oro) rush his horse, I decided to put my horse right next to him. I didn’t want to stay behind him, but next to him, because my horse has a stronger kick. When I saw the No. 1 getting tired, I decided to give my horse a little breather before coming to the stretch. After that, I just let her run and she showed me a big kick. Last time I stayed too far back with her.

January 15, 2011

JOCKEY QUOTES

GARRETT GOMEZ, TAPIZAR, WINNER: “I thought I would be laying second. He was little bit fresher than I had anticipated him to be. He went ahead and settled down as soon as I let him make the lead. He put his ears up and kind of cruised around there. I felt like I was loaded. When I started to turn for home, the gate was parked on the outside and there was a lot of stuff going on. When I asked him to pick it up, I couldn’t quite get his focus going, but nothing ever got close enough to make him pay attention, either. Hopefully, he has many more gears.