SAN PEDRO STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES

JOEL ROSARIO, MIDNIGHT TRANSFER, WINNER: “I just let him break and let him find his stride. Sometimes when you’re on the rail, you get stuck there, but I didn’t want to be in a hurry. Going to the three eighths, I just stayed where I was and it finally opened up when got to the top of the stretch. Sometimes you have to get lucky when you have the inside post position and we did. He finished up really strong and I think he can run long. I think he can do anything.”

MARTIN GARCIA, DRILL, 8-5 FAVORITE, FIFTH: “No comment.”

TRAINER QUOTES

CARLA GAINES, MIDNIGHT TRANSFER, WINNER: “I was thinking the other horse’s head (Got Even) was longer than mine (when asked about the photo finish). We’re hoping to stretch him out. We’ll look at the San Felipe (Stakes, Grade II, $300,000, 1 1/16 miles on March 10). We’ll see how he comes out of this.
“He (Joel Rosario) had a lot of horse but nowhere to go (after dropping off the pace on the turn), so he was just waiting to get out. But we’re very excited about how he closed (for longer distance races in the future).”

BOB BAFFERT, DRILL, 8-5 FAVORITE, FIFTH: “I thought he’d be up closer, but I’ve got to talk to Martin (Garcia). He was too far back. Then he made that big wide move. You just can’t do that.”

NOTES: The winning owner is Warren Williamson of Pasadena.

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