Santa Anita News
JACK GOODMAN STAKES QUOTES
RAFAEL BEJARANO, SECRET CIRCLE, WINNER: “I thought I was going to be the speed of the race and that number five (Sweet Swamp) was going to follow. When my horse broke I tried to stay in the lead but I saw the number five keep rushing his horse, so I didn’t try to work my horse too hard. I just let him settle and put him behind, waiting for the stretch. I had a perfect position after that. When I came to the stretch I was clear and he just took off. It was unbelievable, he ran better than the last time. I didn’t use the whip, I just galloped and cruised. He was different today. He felt much better on the dirt. He took a little dirt in the face but he was fine and just kept running. He’s going to be even better next time.”
BOB BAFFERT, SECRET CIRCLE, WINNER: “He sort of surprised me that he ran that fast. I gave him a little time off, freshened him up, so this should set him up for the new Breeders’ Cup Sprint race ($500,000 for 2-year-olds at six furlongs on Nov. 5). That’s what our goal is . . . If all’s well, it’s on to Churchill. He’s never been behind like that. Those two horses took off like that, though and I hoped he (Rafael Bejarano) didn’t get involved. He was smart enough to get off of there (the pace), so that was good. He looked good. That’s a fast horse . . . I’m sort of half-shocked, the way he ran. He doesn’t show that in the mornings. It’s amazing.”
NOTES: The winning owners are Mike Pegram of Phoenix, and Karl Watson and Paul Weitman of Tucson. The Jack Goodman Stakes honors the man instrumental in the development of the Racetrack Industry Program at the University of Arizona. It previously was run as the Sunny Slope Stakes.