Stakes Quotes

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February 5, 2011


JOEL ROSARIO, ZAZU, WINNER: “I saw I was going to have a clean trip inside, and I took it. She’s a nice filly. Last time I rode her she finished second to another nice filly (California Nectar) at seven furlongs. Today she showed me a little more and we took it from there. John (Sadler) told me to lie in the saddle and come with one late run. Same thing we always do with nice horses like her.”


JOHN SADLER, ZAZU, WINNER: “She was second to that other mare (cq, Turbulent Descent) at Hollywood, in the Moccasin Nov.


JOE TALAMO, FLUKE, WINNER: “We had a perfect trip. I thought we’d be laying second, but it worked out better this way. This horse is better with a target. Sometimes when he gets to the lead too early he throws his ears up and loses focus. He was just perfect today.”

PATRICK VALENZUELA, PROUDINSKY, SECOND: “He ran a great race. I didn’t want to be on the lead, but that’s where I ended up. He was a little fresh today. He kicked when I asked him, but he just couldn’t outrun his stable mate.


JOEL ROSARIO, TWIRLING CANDY, WINNER: “Mike (Smith) tried to send his horse to the lead and get a clean trip early. It was tough to get my horse to relax for a little bit. Going to the half-mile pole he relaxed really nice for me, which is what I wanted, and I just followed the horse on the lead. He’s a good horse. I followed the horse on the lead, and my horse just did unbelievable. My horse just took me there, and I let him do what he wants to do.”

RAFAEL BEJARANO, TWEEBSTER, SECOND: “No excuses. He ran really well. I was in perfect position.

January 30, 2011


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.”


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


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.


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.


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


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


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


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.