Santa Anita News
ROBERT J. FRANKEL STAKES QUOTES
GARRETT GOMEZ, BAUBLE QUEEN, WINNER: “David (Flores) being on such a slow lead both was and wasn’t a concern of mine. It wasn’t like he was free on the lead. They actually started quickening at about the four-and-one-half mark and started stretching us out a little bit. I never had to give up any ground though. I was sitting in behind them pretty easily the whole way. It was just a matter of if my filly would lengthen at all when we turned for home. As it worked out, it was in our best interest. My filly liked the mile-and-one-eighth for the first time and was able to run them down.
DAVID FLORES, TURNING TOP, RUNNER-UP: “What can I say? I had a great trip, a great trip. We set a very soft pace, no excuses. We just got beat on the wire. The winner just came in the middle of the track and my filly never saw her. My filly is awesome to ride and she made a good effort.”
ERIC KRULJAC, BAUBLE QUEEN, WINNER: “I was concerned about the slow fractions, but we have to be concerned about our filly and not let her get going too fast because she’s a little on the excitable side…I was thankful that Garrett was rating her and she was in a position by herself behind four horses with the five-horse (Whisper Louise) in behind her. So I was reasonably comfortable even though the fractions were so slow. We kind of expected a slow pace when you looked at the past performances of the horses in the race. You hate to change her running style, ‘cause down the road, we’ll get into some races where we have a little more pace.”
NOTES: The winning owner is Joe Masino (Class Racing Stable) from Escondido, California.