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OAK TREE MILE QUOTES
MARTIN GARCIA, JERANIMO, WINNER: “He has been running with some really tough horses so I think the group today was the perfect kind for him. I let him run and do whatever he wanted to do, so he put himself in that position. I didn’t expect that I would have that much horse, but he’s a good horse.”
MIKE PENDER, JERANIMO, WINNER: “The horse just got in a tight spot (in the Pacific Classic) and once you get in to his mouth, he tends to spit the bit (out) a little bit. Today he got the trip. (Martin) Pedroza rode him perfectly (in the Pacific Classic). He just put him in the wrong spot at the wrong time. Today he got the trip and you saw the result.
“. . . I’m not going to get involved in that conversation (about running in the Breeders’ Cup). We’ll let the horse tell us what to do. We got a little bit ahead of ourselves sometimes with this horse in the past. We ran him in the Santa Anita Handicap when he was a little bit under 100 percent and we don’t want to make that same mistake twice, so we’re just going to watch this horse. This horse is kind of tricky. Sometimes he’ll lay an egg on you if you’re not watching him close. Other times he’ll give you a race like today.
“He was training like a monster (for the Pacific Classic) over that stuff (Polytrack). He was coming into that race actually better than he was coming into this race . . . He got the right trip today.”
JOHN SHIRREFFS, MR. COMMONS, 4-5 FAVORITE, SECOND: “In the gate, he wasn’t settled, and he jumped forward and banged his head on one of the gates. So he didn’t break as sharp as we would have liked. He ended up spotting them a couple lengths. Jeranimo ran here last year in 33 and change, so he’s a pretty nice horse.”
(On whether Mr. Commons is still pointed toward the Breeders’ Cup Mile): “I’ll have to talk to Mr. Banwell (owner Ian Banwell of St. George Farm, LLC), and we’ll decide in a couple days. It’s really too early to say right now.”
NOTES: The winning owner is B.J. Wright of Pasadena.