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January 2, 2010

JOCKEY QUOTES

JOE TALAMO, CHEROKEE HEAVEN, WINNER: “I had a perfect trip. On paper, it didn’t look like there was that much speed in the race. Marty said to lay close if I wanted to and I did, but they were going faster than we thought they would. It didn’t matter, because my horse was fully loaded the whole way and it was just a matter of when I was going to let him run. Even though we were fairly close-up, I think he came home the last sixteenth in sub-five (seconds). He did it the right way.”

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January 1, 2010

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GARRETT GOMEZ, COMPARI, WINNER: “When I rode him last April, I thought he was a good horse, but when I rode him last time, (Dec. 17, Hollywood Park) off the layoff, I said, ‘He can run a little bit more than I thought he could.’ He’s turned into a classy little horse and Marty’s done a great job with him the past six months. Today, he crossed the dirt really good and I got him lined out, and he came home really good for us.”

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December 28, 2009

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VICTOR ESPINOZA, MACIAS, WINNER: “I expected him to show speed today, but he was under control and he settled real nice with me around the first turn. Going to the far turn, I had a lot of horse under me, but I didn’t want to take the lead too soon. I waited as long as I could and when I asked him, he really accelerated. Through the stretch, I knew the other horse (Alfarabi) was running, but there was no worry.”

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December 27, 2009

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VICTOR ESPINOZA, EVENING JEWEL, WINNER: “I like the way she ran. I worked her the other day and I knew she was ready. She worked unbelievable and she ran the same way today. We had a good trip and everything set up good.”

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RAFAEL BEJARANO, PROUDINSKY, WINNER: “It looked like Lava Man was going to be the speed in the race. When the one (Acclamation) broke a little slow, I knew we’d have try to get into position to put some pressure on. When we passed the half-mile pole, the one pressed us from the outside, so I let my horse run to hold our position. At the top of the stretch, I asked him and he gave me a good turn of foot. I could see the seven (favored Loup Breton) was really running on the rail, but my horse was running faster and they couldn’t catch him.”

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December 26, 2009

JOCKEY QUOTES

VICTOR ESPINOZA, THE USUAL Q.T., WINNER: “He loves to run, he loves to win and he’s very game, that gives me a lot of confidence. I’ve been working really hard to get my business together for this meet and it’s great to get off to a good start like this on opening day.”

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JOEL ROSARIO, EVITA ARGENTINA, WINNER: “This filly likes to make one run, so I try to just leave her alone early and keep her comfortable. She relaxed so well today that when we came to the five-sixteenths pole, I had a lot of confidence, and I thought I had a good chance to win. As you could see, she ran very well.”

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MIKE SMITH, M ONE RIFLE, WINNER: “I’m so proud of the way he’s been improving. At the quarter pole, I asked him to run and he just dropped down and gave it to me. When we headed for home I asked him for a little more and he was right there for me. He ran super.”

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