Stakes Quotes

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March 21, 2010

JOCKEY QUOTES

RAFAEL BEJARANO, TUSCAN EVENING, WINNER: “This mare can do anything she wants, especially at this distance. I knew we were the speed and I was very confident in her. I knew the eight had some speed, but I didn’t think they would want to send her and try to chase me. She stumbled a little bit at the top of the stretch and she lost her momentum for a jump or two, but she was full of run and she got going again.”

TRAINER QUOTES

March 20, 2010

JOCKEY QUOTES

RAFAEL BEJARANO, UNZIP ME, Winner: “There were only five horses in the race so I knew I would be on the lead. I knew the 3 (A Jealous Woman) was going to give me a lot of pressure so I just tried to keep her relaxed and not panic with my horse. I saved a lot of horse for the end and when I came to the last furlong I let her go and she gave me a big run. She’s a nice horse.”

TRAINER QUOTES

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

JOCKEY QUOTES

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

JOCKEY QUOTES

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.”

TRAINER QUOTES

March 6, 2010

JOCKEY QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES

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.”

TRAINER QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES

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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