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February 16, 2009

JOCKEY QUOTES

GARRETT GOMEZ, EVITA ARGENTINA, WINNER: “The track is soggy all over, but at the three eighths pole, it seemed a little deeper and she got off the bridle with me, so I really had to go to work on her to get her to running again. She was able to wear them down, but I know she can run even better than that.”

TRAINER QUOTES

LARRY BENAVIDEZ, ASSISTANT TO JOHN SADLER, EVITA ARGENTINA, WINNER: ”I wasn’t too concerned with her being that far back. They ran the mile last race in 39 (1:39), and they were nice horses . . .

JOCKEY QUOTES

GARRETT GOMEZ, JIBBOOM, WINNER: “She was comfortable with me the whole way. It’s a little deep out there, kind of like a soft, deep turf and she’s been running on firm ground, but she handled it well. When I asked her to accelerate, she did so willingly.

February 15, 2009

JOCKEY QUOTES

AARON GRYDER, DESERT CODE, WINNER: “After the first quarter mile, I was saying ‘This is sweet.’ When he left he gate as well as he did, I just decided to drop his head and let him get away from them a little bit. They decided to take Euroglide back and that helped us too. I know David (Hofmans) thought that maybe he’d need a race, but I’ve been working him and he’s worked well, but once you raise up on him, he doesn’t gallop out that well.

JOCKEY QUOTES

GARRETT GOMEZ, LIFE IS SWEET, WINNER: “When I drew the race up, I could see there was no pace. In the paddock, both Marty (Wygod) and John (Shirreffs) told me, ‘Don’t change her running style, just let her run like she did last time.’ As it turned out, the pace was very slow and I just told them, ‘Both of you guys were fired at the three quarter pole!’ As we went down the backside I just tried to inch up a little closer and at the three eighths pole we were closer but I didn’t know if she could quicken enough to catch those other fillies.

February 14, 2009

JOCKEY QUOTES

JOE TALAMO, SANTA TERESITA, WINNER: “She just had a beautiful trip. I decided to keep her as relaxed as possible, but she tends to get a little strong early. That’s her style and you can’t take that away from her. She’s a stalking kind of filly and I was able to keep her outside of the one (Briecat, under Jose Valdivia) and that helped her to stay relaxed. At the quarter pole I said ‘Okay mama, let’s go,’ and she really gave it to me.

February 1, 2009

“The other day (U.S. debut, Nov. 16, at Hollywood Park) she had just got here from Ireland and she didn’t have time to acclimate. She broke flat-footed and she just seemed lost out there. I’ve been getting on her since, and coming into this race, she’s been breezing dynamite. She’s really quick, and today I was trying to slow her down coming down the hill. She jumped the dirt a little funny, but I had her under control after that. She ran great.”

January 31, 2009

“She was traveling beautifully for me. It felt like I had a loaded gun the whole time. The only reason I had to get into her a little was that when she makes the lead, she thinks her job is done. That’s the only reason she got beat in the race at Hollywood Park (July 5, CashCall Mile). I’ve learned that I’ve just got to spank her a little bit and that way, she knows she’s not done.”

January 25, 2009

“I had a perfect trip. I was able to follow the favorite and I was very confident in my filly even though this was her first time on a wet turf. She finished great and I have to say it really seemed like she loved it out there.”