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November 3, 2013

JOCKEY QUOTES

MARTIN GARCIA, EGG DROP, WINNER: “It was the best trip. I was expecting more horses to show speed, but that didn’t happen. That made it easy for E Z Kitty to get the lead. My horse was very calm, which is what I was hoping for. When I asked her to go, she was waiting for company. When the company came (Miss Pippa), she looked, she pinned her ears back and she took off again.”

MIKE SMITH, MISS PIPPA, SECOND: “I thought I had her (winner, Egg Drop.) My hat’s off to her, she never gave up.

November 2, 2013

JOCKEY QUOTES

VICTOR ESPINOZA, RICHIES PARTY GIRL, WINNER: “I had never been on her before, but I decided if she broke sharply, I’d let her go. I was able to slow it down a little the first half mile and when we crossed the dirt at the top of the stretch, she had plenty left.”

JOE TALAMO, TOOWINDYTOHAULROX, 5-2 FAVORITE, SECOND: “My horse tried but he just got outrun today. I got right to the winner at the top of the stretch and the other horse just kept on going.

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GARY STEVENS, PONTCHATRAIN, WINNER: “I got the lead earlier than I wanted to, I had a lot of horse. She was a little keener than usual today. I showed her daylight, and that may have been a mistake early on (in the race.) She’s still a little green, she didn’t punch in with me today. She wasn’t focused at the top of the stretch, she was distracted by this big crowd. She’s a beautiful filly. She’s still growing and I think she has a big future, she has a big turn of foot.”

RAFAEL BEJARANO, WINDING WAY, SECOND: “I had a great position and a good trip.

November 1, 2013

JOCKEY QUOTES

MARTIN PEDROZA, BETTER BET, WINNER: “I watched the tape of his last race when (Alberto) Delgado rode him and I could see he got forced out really wide on the first turn. He was out toward the middle of the racetrack and you could see that he didn’t run that bad. Today, I wanted to get him into the race and we were able to save ground pretty good into the first turn. When I asked him, he gave me everything he had.”

JULIEN LEPAROUX, TAMARANDO, 7-5 FAVORITE, THIRD: “This was just not his day today.

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JULIEN LEPAROUX, SWISS LAKE YODELER, WINNER: “My horse ran great. She put me in the right position right away because it’s a speed-favoring track today. We knew she would put me on the lead or close to the pace and we were happy about that because of the way the track is playing. My horse just kept on going at the end and I’m glad I won the race.”

TRAINER QUOTES

JERRY HOLLENDORFER, SWISS LAKE YODELER, WINNER: Asked if he was concerned about the track favoring speed: “Yeah, I guess, but she wasn’t so far out of it, at least.

JOCKEY QUOTES

VICTOR ESPINOZA, ROOKIE SENSATION, WINNER: “I just wanted to let my horse do his thing in the beginning, and from the last three-eighths of a mile, I tried to make my way in between horses.

“Sometimes there are different strategies in a race, but I did not have any other options because of the way the race set up. I sneaked in on the inside and everything worked out very nice today. Once I got my position I knew I would definitely win the race. He’s been a nice horse in his last few races.

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LUIS MEDINA, JOCKEY, SO BIG IS BETTER, WINNER: “I thank God. Without God, I wouldn’t have this. I have to thank everybody for the support. When I turned for home I was just thinking ‘where is the wire?’ I’ve been working this horse the last two weeks so this is very special. I am so happy.”

TRAINER QUOTES

SCOTT POWELL, SO BIG IS BETTER, WINNER: “It was just another race. We’re OK. We knew we would be tough. We put a lot of work into this, (brother and owner) Mark (Powell) and I, and we were here to compete.

October 27, 2013

JOCKEY QUOTES

MARIO GUTIERREZ, BIO PRO, WINNER: “It was a hot pace. My horse was sitting comfortable, not really pulling. It couldn’t have set up any better for us. He’s always had a big kick near the end, so the quick pace up front left me with plenty left at the end. He was tough to pull up on the gallop out.”

GARY STEVENS, EL COMMODORE, THIRD: “We knew Rafael’s horse was going to go, but this is the way my horse has to run. He’s the kind of horse that you just have to let rock and roll.

October 26, 2013

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GARY STEVENS, WISHING GATE, WINNER: “I hit the side of the gate pretty hard leaving there. I rarely hear the announcer going into the first turn, but I think I heard Trevor say ‘they’re flying up front’ or ‘good pace up front’ and I’m thinkin’, ‘no they’re not!’ since I had her (well in hand.) She’s a good filly, real push-button. I can put her where I want. She was real ‘light-mouthed’ before and they’ve changed some equipment, and she’s training well, she’s a real good filly.

October 19, 2013

JOCKEY QUOTES

MARIO GUTIERREZ, A TOAST TO YOU, WINNER: “We tried to put a little pressure on early, but (Julien Leparoux, on pace-setting Atta Boy Pete) blew by us so we didn’t have any choice. Peter(Miller) told me to get a nice position and to save ground on both turns and that if I had to make a late run, I was going to have to go wide. I ended up having to go wide today, and the horse did the rest. He was coming until the end, he was stretching out pretty well.