Santa Anita News
IRISH O'BRIEN STAKES 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.”
MARTY JONES, UNZIP ME, WINNER: “She’s definitely going to lay down after that one. Joe’s (Talamo) ridden her before, and I think he knows how good she was, and I think he probably knew she was the filly to beat and he never really gave her a breather (riding favored A Jealous Woman, who finished third) all the way. She was pretty tired, but it’s nice to see her be so game after not getting things her own way. That’s three (wins) in a row now. She’s really taken to the grass. Hopefully she comes out of the race all right and we’ll look for something else on the grass for her.”
NOTES: The winning owners are John Harris and Per Antonsen of Coalinga, and Don Valpredo of Bakersfield.