Santa Anita News
CALIFORNIA CUP DISTAFF STAKES QUOTES
RAFAEL BEJARANO, UNZIP ME, WINNER: “My agent and I have been working hard. I have to give him a lot of credit. He’s been working really hard every morning and trying to pick the right horses for each race. I’m very happy, and I want to say thanks to all the trainers. They give me the opportunity and keep trusting me, so I try to do my best with all my horses. Today I followed the speed and made one big run. She has improved a lot and she’s getting better. I think she will only keep getting better and better.”
MARTIN JONES, UNZIP ME, Winner: “She really ran her race today. She’s just an amazing horse. He rode her great today and she was nice and settled. He got her into a nice comfortable spot in a big field with some speed. She’s gotten where she doesn’t need the lead.”
ON GOING TO THE BREEDERS CUP:
“It came right down to the last minute. We were going back and forth on it. It just kind of came down to we knew what we were getting here and we just didn’t know what kind of weather we’d get back there. Shipping is kind of hard on her so it just seemed like it would be a lot better for her. You just don’t know what kind of grass you’re going to get back there.”
NOTES: The winning owners Harris Farms, Coalinga; Donald Valpredo, Bakersfield, and Per Antonsen, Coalinga.