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March 14, 2010

JOCKEY QUOTES

ALEX SOLIS, ANNIHILATION, Winner: “I had a great trip. Dan (Hendricks) wanted me to save ground and keep her together. I was waiting in the back, in the middle of the pack and saving ground. At the eighth of a mile, I got her into the clear and she just did her stuff. I had a lot of horse and the pace was fast, so it worked out for us.”

TRAINER QUOTES

March 13, 2010

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JOE TALAMO, SIDNEY’S CANDY, WINNER: “I talked to John (Sadler) this morning and the plan was to get to the lead, relax and kick when they came to him. For him to go from a seven-eighths sprint to a mile and a sixteenth and relax like that is amazing. We knew last summer he was a quality horse and the way he did this today was so impressive. He has the demeanor of an older horse.”

March 7, 2010

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MARTIN GARCIA, SANGAREE, WINNER: “The last time (Dec. 31) he needed the race going five and a half (furlongs). Today, Bob told me to put him in contention and make one run. When I saw that there were three horses going for the lead, that made the race for me. I decided to get him outside and he just took off.”

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March 6, 2010

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JOEL ROSARIO, CRISP, WINNER: “The blinkers made a big difference. She was more focused today and she was into the bridle. She finished great, but she tried to lay on that filly inside of her (All Due Respect), but she always does that. She ran great, she never looked back today.”

RAFAEL BEJARANO, BLIND LUCK, THIRD: “I was in a good position, but when we came into the stretch, those two fillies in front of me (Crisp and All Due Respect), tightened up and my hole closed. We just ran out of time—she was really running.”

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MIKE SMITH, PROVISO, WINNER: “Billy (Mott) told me, ‘You’ve got to get her to relax if you can. Anything you do could set her off…’ She beat a great bunch of boys here today. I thought I won it and I pumped my fist just to sell it (to the placing judges).”

TRAINER QUOTES

LEANA WILLIFORD, ASSISTANT TO BILL MOTT, PROVISO, WINNER: “I thought he got the bob. I just told Mike (Smith) to be very still (patient).”

NOTES: Proviso is the first female to win the Kilroe in this, its 51st running.

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MARTIN GARCIA, MISREMEMBERED, WINNER: “I feel amazing, man! This is the first time I rode in the Big ‘Cap and I had the opportunity to make it to the winner’s circle. I’ve been working the horse, and Bob (Baffert) told me to give him a clear break and just not fight him. He wanted me to make one run, and that’s what I did. When my horse got to the lead I knew I still had a lot of horse. When the other horses started to come on, he never pulled up. My horse was able to keep going when the other horse (Neko Bay) was closing.”

February 28, 2010

February 21, 2010

JOCKEY QUOTES

RAFAEL BEJARANO, BOURBON BAY, WINNER: “I was in a great position to the first turn. I thought there were two horses with speed, the number eight (Sudden War) and the number nine (Porfido). When we broke from the gate, they took hold of the nine and sent the eight, so I was able to cover my horse up and stay nice and relaxed until the half-mile pole and then I asked him. With the fractions we had, you have to have a lot of horse (to catch the pacesetter), but when you’re on the best horse, it makes it easy. My horse has a really good turn of foot in the stretch.”