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January 15, 2011

JOCKEY QUOTES

PATRICK VALENZUELA, CALIFORNIA NECTAR, WINNER: “She broke really well and down the backside, I felt like Superman, because she felt like super girl—she was flying. When that filly (Zazu) came to her, my filly picked her head up and tried even harder. I don’t think she was ever going to get by us.”

TRAINER QUOTES

LEANDRO MORA, ASSISTANT TO DOUG O’NEILL, CALIFORNIA NECTAR, WINNER: “He (Patrick Valenzuela) was very motivated before we went to the track.

JOCKEY QUOTES

MIKE SMITH, INDIAN FIREWATER, WINNER: “Going into this race, we thought we’d let him run away from there and if we made the lead, fine. When I came out to the paddock, they told me Bob (Baffert) had called an audible, and there was a change in strategy--‘Put him on the lead.’ Down the backside, he was running easily and he was within himself and breathing really good. I wasn’t sure if we won it, because the other horse (Tweebster) was out so wide.”

RAFAEL BEJARANO, TWEEBSTER, SECOND: “I was pretty happy with the race.

January 9, 2011

JOCKEY QUOTES

RAFAEL BEJARANO, MAY DAY ROSE, WINNER: “She’s got a lot of natural speed and we made the lead pretty easy. I wanted to stay quiet on her and get her to relax early and she did. Bob (Baffert) said that he missed a work with her and she got a little tired the last part. I usually don’t do it when I know we’re going to win, but I hit her just a couple times to keep going.”

TRAINER QUOTES

BOB BAFFERT, MAY DAY ROSE, WINNER: “That’s her style. She wants to run on the lead and she got the job done.

January 8, 2011

JOCKEY QUOTES

JOE TALAMO, AGGIE ENGINEER, WINNER: “Right when we broke I kind of looked over just to see what was happening. I saw those two horses go, so right away I got him outside. Man, he ran like a real nice horse today. We won an allowance race at Hollywood Park where he sat off, so there was never really a doubt, and he really did it nice today. I either wanted to be on an easy lead, or have somebody go. I really didn’t want a speed duel at all. The tactics today were great. Two horses went to the lead and he stayed right off.

January 2, 2011

JOCKEY QUOTES

RAFAEL BEJARANO, UNZIP ME, WINNER: “After I saw the other speed horse scratch in the post parade I decided to be on the lead. This is the first time she has run after the Breeder’s Cup, so I just tried to get her to relax and stay comfortable with my horse. In the beginning I wanted to get the lead, but not let her go too fast. When I saw everybody getting close to me, I was just waiting for the top of the stretch to close the door. As soon as I got to the dirt, I let her go.

January 1, 2011

JOCKEY QUOTES

GARRETT GOMEZ, SPRING STYLE, WINNER: “I thought she (Harmonious) made one run at me going to the three-eighths pole. When I first turned for home, I took another peek out there, and she was having trouble getting to me. We went so slow, it’s hard to really come by a horse that’s trying to finish. Even though she’s a good finisher, when you come home quick like we did, it’s hard to pass horses. The last three-eighth’s of a mile we picked it up and came home really solid. It’s hard to make up ground when it’s like that.

JOCKEY QUOTES

GARRETT GOMEZ, DILEMMA, WINNER: “I really didn’t know what to expect from him. I tried to get him involved and get him to do something. I tried to stay as close with him as much as he was willing, without taking away from his run. He put himself in a decent spot, but he kind of worried me when we first crossed the dirt. When I got him outside, he came home well and finished really good. He’s seven, and hopefully coming into his prime now, but apparently he hasn’t lost a step.”

TRAINER QUOTES

TOM PROCTOR, DILEMMA, WINNER: “I thought he’d run good.

December 31, 2010

JOCKEY QUOTES

GARRETT GOMEZ, SILVER MEDALLION, WINNER: “He’s a little goofy. He’s a difficult horse and Scotty’s (Blasi) been working with him. Mentally, he’s just not there yet, but it’s nice to know that a horse is this talented and he’s not totally focused yet. Hopefully they can get him moving forward, get him serious, and get him to where he really wants to do his job. Right now, he doesn’t even know what his job is.

December 27, 2010

JOCKEY QUOTES

PATRICK VALENZUELA, CALIFORNIA NECTAR, WINNER: “I expected the two (Noise of the Crowd) to go with the one (Teddy’s Promise). When she didn’t and I could see that the one was alone on the lead, I decided to pull some surprise tactics and throw some dirt in her face at the five sixteenths. It worked and my filly just went on with it.

WHEN ASKED WHAT IT FELT LIKE TO WIN HIS FIRST SANTA ANITA STAKES IN FOUR YEARS: “It’s great, it’s like being back home here at Santa Anita. There’s no greater feeling.

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RAFAEL BEJARANO, JERANIMO, WINNER: “My horse rushed a little bit at the break. After that, I tried to stay behind and get in the bridle and he started to relax. When I saw the number one (Proudinsky) getting room from the rail, I just stayed on the rail because I knew he was going to have a lot of horse at the end, too. When the number one came out a bit in the stretch, I got the opportunity and my horse came running. I ran the last time with this horse, too, and he won so easy on the turf that I thought he would run the same race today.