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SANTA ANITA OAKS QUOTES
DAVID FLORES, TURBULENT DESCENT, WINNER: “Last time, I didn’t want to put too much pressure on my filly because she was coming off a layoff and because we had so much rain, she had missed a work. Today, I was very confident she was going to run big. I took a peek back at the three-eighths pole and I saw the gray shadow (Zazu), so I knew where she was. At the quarter pole I let her go and she gave me everything.”
JOEL ROSARIO, ZAZU, Second: “Today we just ran out of ground and I think that’s the difference. I’m not disappointed we almost got in there. She tried. She’s a nice horse but the other horse (Turbulent Descent) ran big today too.”
MIKE PUYPE, TURBULENT DESCENT, WINNER: “She was a little fitter today, obviously (than she was running second to Zazu in the Las Virgenes Stakes on Feb. 5). Having had the layoff last time when it was raining, I gave her a lot of walking days and that helped . . . I basically told (the owners before this race), I’m afraid after watching her work so brilliantly every time that this (distance) would be max for her. She won the Starlet (at a mile and a sixteenth), she won this, so to say she can’t do it is not right, because she’s done it. But let’s face it; the video on her first two races were breathtaking. I know the company wasn’t as strong as it is now, but look at how she cruised up into the turn (today) like a beast. She’s a lot of horse going one turn.”
Puype ruled out the Kentucky Oaks, but mentioned the Acorn Stakes at one mile and the Test Stakes at seven furlongs as considerations.
JOHN SADLER, ZAZU, SECOND: “She really ran well, so we’re really excited. She ran great, and she looks like she’ll be ready for the Kentucky Oaks. If the race were a little longer, she may have gotten there. I was really happy with the race--other than not winning, she ran great.”
NOTES: The winning owners are Scott Sherwood of Alamo, CA (Blinkers On Racing Stable); Robert Butler of Colorado Springs; William Strauss of Del Mar, et al. The winning time of 1:41.05 is a stakes record. The previous mark was 1:41.20 held by Bold ‘n Determined in 1980.