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SAN LUIS REY STAKES QUOTES
JOEL ROSARIO, BOURBON BAY, WINNER: “This is a really good horse. I’ve never been on him before, but he has a nice turn of foot. He tries really hard at this distance. My horse felt good on the track. I don’t know how the others handled the rain, but everything worked out perfect for my horse.”
DAVID FLORES, SLIM SHADEY, SECOND: “I wouldn’t change anything about the race today. The favorite (Bourbon Bay) had to come and catch me if he was good enough, and he did. At the last turn I was stalking the leaders perfectly and I tried to get away from them at the top of the stretch but I got caught on the wire. I knew I got beat, but I was just hoping I got the bob.”
NEIL DRYSDALE, BOURBON BAY, WINNER: “I don’t know what he (Joel Rosario) was doing so far back. I thought he waited too long, although it’s very difficult to judge this course, how fast it is, when it starts raining. It’s very difficult . . . He likes this course, but that last race (fourth in the San Marcos) was a bit screwed up.
“He’s a very good campaigner, but he doesn’t like deep turf. That’s one of the drawbacks, so I was concerned about the course, because he doesn’t like it soft. We’ll bring him back in the San Juan Capistrano (Grade II, $150,000 at about 1 ¾ miles on turf on closing day, April 22).”
Asked if gave Rosario instructions before the race: “Yeah, I said I think you should be sitting second or third.”
NOTES: The winning owners are David and Jill Heerensberger of Bellevue, Washington.