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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

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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.

December 26, 2010

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RAFAEL BEJARANO, THIRTYFIRSTSTREET, WINNER: “I thought I was going to finish third, for sure. But at the same time, I was thinking that my horse hadn’t switched leads yet. As soon as he switched leads and got in towards the rail, he showed me a big kick and I just thought to let him keep going. It was a small field, but I think he needs a little more distance. The track is getting better.

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JOEL ROSARIO, SWITCH, WINNER: “She’s a one-pace horse. She’s long with her strides, and she just keeps going, she never quits or anything like that. When I was passing the five-sixteenths pole I got a really clean trip inside. The track feels pretty good. It’s a little faster, but I don’t think it’s an issue.”

TRAINER QUOTES

LARRY BENAVIDEZ, ASSISTANT TO JOHN SADLER, SWITCH, WINNER: “Not at all (when asked if he was concerned with her being on the inside).

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JOEL ROSARIO, SIDNEY’S CANDY, WINNER: “He’s a really good horse and he likes to run free and easy. Even though he went fast fractions, he just kept going. When we went to the first turn, I could hear Trevor (Denman) say we made an easy lead. The fractions were fast and he maybe got a little bit tired at the end. He’s a good horse and he’s improved every time he runs.”

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LARRY BENAVIDEZ, ASSISTANT TO JOHN SADLER, SIDNEY’S CANDY, WINNER: “I told Joel don’t get cute. Johnny (Sadler) said, ‘just go to the front.

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JOEL ROSARIO, TWIRLING CANDY, WINNER: “He’s a nice horse. I wanted to wait until the last minute to make my move, and he responded really well when I asked him. He’s starting to improve a little more; we’ll see what happens later on. The track is staying consistent, but when you’re on the best horse like Twirling Candy, it’s no surprise that he ran that fast.”

RUSSELL BAZE, SMILING TIGER, SECOND: “The horse did everything he could to win the race. He just ran a brilliant race for me.

April 18, 2010

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RAFAEL BEJARANO, BOURBON BAY, WINNER: “It looked like a couple of horses would show speed and that’s what happened. I tried to keep my horse relaxed down the hill and into the first (Club House) turn. At the half-mile, Martin Garcia moved with his horse (Skellytown) and so I decided to follow him. He moved on the rail and kept my horse outside because I didn’t want to get him stopped. I knew my horse would finish strong, but he got a little tired at the wire.”

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April 17, 2010

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RAFAEL BEJARANO, TUSCAN EVENING, WINNER: “I have to give all the credit to Jerry (Hollendorfer). This is a very special day. My mother is here from Peru and to have this filly win four times at longer distances, it is unbelievable. She keeps improving every time. She relaxed so well the whole race and I never hit her today. She was full of run at the finish.”

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JOEL ROSARIO, MR GRUFF, Winner: “I knew I had to get a good break. My horse and another outside of me were the only speed. I let the other horses on the outside go for a little while, then after that I took the lead. He’s running good, and he’s a nice horse.”

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RON ELLIS, MR GRUFF, WINNER: “Joel (Rosario) did a good job. The horse broke a little flat-footed. He didn’t rush him and just kind of let him ease his way up there. It all went as planned after that.”