SAN RAFAEL STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES

GARRETT GOMEZ, CONVEYANCE, WINNER: “I knew Victor (Espinoza, aboard Cardiff Giant) was going to try and pressure me at some point. I went to the fence going into the first turn and he left me alone. Speed really hasn’t been doing too well on this track, so I was hoping I didn’t get too much pressure early. I came off the fence going down the backside and I decided to leave it open going to the far turn because I didn’t want my horse to be down on top of the fence with another horse pressing me. He got a little tired the last sixteenth and he switched back to his left lead. This race was a good learning curve for him.”

TRAINER QUOTES

BOB BAFFERT, CONVEYANCE, WINNER: “They went slow today and this horse wants to roll up front. The track was a concern for Garrett and me. Later in the day, it’s much faster. He did get a little tired today, but I didn’t get a chance to work him a mile. I thought he was good enough to win this without working him too far and he was. It was a nice effort and he wasn’t blowing that hard when he came back.”

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