SANTA MARGARITA INVITATIONAL STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES

GARRETT GOMEZ, MISS MATCH, WINNER: “She had placed herself well and was traveling really good. (Rafael) Bejarano and (Joe Talamo) both kind of snuck up on either side of me trying to move up and have those other horses ahead of us in dead aim. I didn’t feel like I could do that with her and continue with a run. I just sat there and let them all make a run. I knew she would stay, I just didn’t know if I could get her accelerated enough to pick her back up. She wasn’t traveling all that great in the middle of the turn. I just kept waiting on her to give her a chance to reestablish the way she was training and start traveling better. When I first got to the quarter-pole I asked her to pick it up and she did a little bit at a time. As I moved her out and decided to move back in, it was like a whole new horse just jumped right in the bridle. She had this win attitude where she knew what she wanted and she went after it. She came home very well for us.”

JOEL ROSARIO, SWITCH, SECOND: “We had a good trip. She just got a little tired in the lane. I’m not disappointed. It’s her first time at a mile and an eighth and she gave me everything she had. She came back good and that’s the main thing.”

MARTIN GARCIA, ALWAYS A PRINCESS: “I was riding and I just heard a ‘pop.’ I tried to pull her up, but she was running.”

TRAINER QUOTES

NEIL DRYSDALE, MISS MATCH, WINNER: “We were just hoping that they’d go fast enough up front and she would come running. That’s her style, so we weren’t going to change her style of racing. It played out well apart from that poor filly (Always a Princess) getting injured.”

LARRY BENAVIDEZ, ASSISTANT TO JOHN SADLER, 9-10 FAVORITE, SWITCH, SECOND: “Great trip. He (Rosario) went at her at the 5/16s because he had to. I can’t believe we lost the photo. That was her third consecutive Grade I and it was a top effort.”

BOB BAFFERT, ALWAYS A PRINCESS: “It’s her (left front) ankle, but she’ll be all right. She ran so hard, I think she was just exhausted and went to lay down, you know. She took care of herself. It (ankle) didn’t go down. It probably has a little crack in it. It’s probably condylar or something like that. I feel a lot better about it.”

NOTES: The win price of $92.40 was the highest in the history of the Santa Margarita. The previous high was $66.20 by Toda Una Dama in 1998. The winning owner is Matthew Cloros of Sydney, Australia, who races as Cloros Bloodstock.
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