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OAK LEAF STAKES QUOTES
RAFAEL BEJARANO, WEEMISSFRANKIE, WINNER: “She was kind of uncomfortable down in the stretch the first time, so I tried to keep her clear after the first turn and get her in good position. After I found my position I tried to cover a little bit and get her relaxed. When I got to the top of the stretch I put her clear, and like always, she showed me a big kick in the stretch. I gave her a little push in the end and she showed me an unbelievable kick. It was a tough race because there were a few really good horses. My horse is going to improve a lot, and she is only getting better. She will be tough in the Breeders’ Cup.”
PETER EURTON, WEEMISSFRANKIE, WINNER: “You don’t know how they’re going to run from synthetic to dirt until they do it. She loves synthetic at Hollywood (Cushion Track), she loves synthetic (Polytrack) at Del Mar; did she like this as much? I don’t know. She didn’t like the dirt hitting her in the face down the backside, Raffy (Bejarano) told me. He just had to get her away from the outside and give her a chance to free-run.
“She’s still going to go dirt (in the Juvenile Fillies), but (Juvenile Fillies) Turf is something to think about. It’s still a consideration, especially when you figure out who’s going and who’s not, but it’s probably going to be dirt. It would be kind of silly (running on turf), but it’s just a thought. You have options. That’s the beauty part about it.”
BOB BAFFERT, CANDREA, SECOND: “It will help her for the next race. I wanted her out there running. We went a little bit too quick with P Val, he started the pace a little quick. She ran well. The filly that won, she’s a really good filly.”
NOTES: Eurton has been training since 1985. This is his second Grade I win, the first coming in the recent Del Mar Debutante, which was his first graded win ever. The winning owners are Sharon Alesia of Carlsbad, Michael & Dawn Mellen (Bran Jam Stable) of Rancho Santa Fe and Joe Ciaglia (Ciaglia Racing, LLC) of Upland.