Santa Anita News
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO HANDICAP QUOTES
RAFAEL BEJARANO, JUNIPER PASS, WINNER: “The pace was a concern for me in the beginning. I thought the favorite (Haimish Hy) was going to the lead, and number four (Power Series) would follow. I saw Power Series break a little slow and that caused the jockey (Mike Smith) to take a hold of Haimish Hy. I was wandering a bit in the beginning, but I wanted to make sure I was on the outside and not lose too much ground on the turns. I got more comfortable with my horse, then I saw the number six (Imponente Purse) make a good move from the three-eighth’s pole. She (Chantal Sutherland) looked like she had a lot of horse so I decided to follow her. As soon as I hit the stretch, I let her make the first move. I made the second move and it worked out because my horse always shows me a good kick in the end. He definitely improved on the grass today.”
RAY BELL, JUNIPER PASS, WINNER: “I just told Rafael (Bejarano) to get him in a nice rhythmic stride where he’s comfortable, and I know he’ll give him a nice finish, so I just kind of left it in his hands. In this kind of race, you don’t want to give too many instructions, because you never know how it’s going to unfold. The distance makes the difference. It’s like Bobby Jones said about competitive golf: ‘It’s not the length of the course they play on, it’s the distance between their ears that matters.’”
Asked about the fractions: “They were so slow. It was a concern. I thought maybe we should have been a little closer, but he really kicked on home and I was very pleased with that.”
NOTES: The winning owners are Betty or Robert G. Irvin of Pacific Palisades. Today’s on-track attendance was 18,018.