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SAN FELIPE STAKES QUOTES
JOE TALAMO, SIDNEY’S CANDY, WINNER: “I talked to John (Sadler) this morning and the plan was to get to the lead, relax and kick when they came to him. For him to go from a seven-eighths sprint to a mile and a sixteenth and relax like that is amazing. We knew last summer he was a quality horse and the way he did this today was so impressive. He has the demeanor of an older horse.”
RAFAEL BEJARANO, INTERACTIF, SECOND: “The horse on the lead (Sidney’s Candy) was just going too slow. I thought that No. 4 (American Lion) might put a little more pressure on him. My horse made a really good move at the three-eighths pole. I thought I was going to catch the leader because my horse showed a real good turn of foot. But we just couldn’t catch the winner because he had gone so slow earlier.”
PAUL ATKINSON, CARACORTADO, THIRD: “I thought he ran well. He tried hard. I can’t fault him at all. But things wound up a little different today than what we had anticipated. They went a little bit slow early, so I had to pick it up in hopes the leader (Sidney’s Candy) didn’t steal it on us. It cost me to ride him a little bit differently. Before, I would have still been sitting on him at the quarter pole, make one run and he’s always had always that really quick explosion. Today, I let him inch up there a little bit more, and maybe that took away from his explosiveness late. He felt like he kicked on and exploded. But it wasn’t quite enough. I can’t complain. The race didn’t set up for us, but he ran great.”
JOHN SADLER, SIDNEY’S CANDY, WINNER, AND DAVE IN DIXIE, SIXTH: “He relaxed on the lead good . . . When I saw those splits, I was pretty confident. That’s kind of the plan (to stay for the Santa Anita Derby on April 3). We’ll see how he comes out of it. We always take it on a race by race basis.
“Joel (Rosario) said that he (Dave in Dixie) was slipping behind. He wasn’t handling the going, so we’ve got to check him out and figure out what happened. The pace didn’t help him, clearly.”
MIKE McCARTHY, ASSISTANT TO TODD PLETCHER, INERACTIF, SECOND: “I thought the horse finished up rather well, off of soft fractions. I’m very pleased with the way he ran, the first time on synthetic. We’ll see how he comes out of this (when asked about the Santa Anita Derby). We’ll see what happens.”
NOTES: The winning owner is Jenny Craig of Rancho Santa Fe, who races as the Craig Family Trust.