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ZENYATTA STAKES QUOTES
MARTIN GARCIA, LOVE AND PRIDE, WINNER: “The instructions were to let her break and
not fight her, just let her be happy. That’s exactly how the race turned out. I let her break, sat, then when it was time to go she just finished the job. I’m very lucky to ride this beautiful horse and I will pray to see if I can stay with her.”
ROSIE NAPRAVNIK, JOYFUL VICTORY, SECOND: “She’s a filly I’ve never ridden before, but (trainer) Larry (Jones) made it clear she doesn’t really like to be down on the inside. Unfortunately, we were stuck there for three-quarters of the race. But I eased my way out and the only chance I had was coming around the turn and she finished very well and she kept on very gamely. I think this is her preferred surface, based on her form. I’ve never ridden her. I never was on her, even in the morning.”
JOE TALAMO, INCLUDE ME OUT, THIRD: “We had a perfect trip – I thought she ran really well. Just like Ron (Ellis) said, you just can’t win if you’re not in front on this track. It feels real good, but it’s definitely favoring frontrunners today. We had a pretty good trip – I was able to get over and didn’t want to move too early and she put the brakes on. I thought we had a good trip today. We’re still high on her.”
MIKE McCARTHY, ASSISTANT TO TODD PLETCHER, LOVE AND PRIDE, WINNER: “Exactly,” when asked if she figured to be in front based on past performances. “Turning up the backside I thought Martin’s horse (Via Villaggio) might come up and give her a little company, but he was nice enough to go ahead and sit right off of her.
“This filly, when she gets a chance to settle into a rhythm, she’s obviously able to finish off her races. I think you saw that today. Provided everything goes well, I believe this filly and the horse we run tomorrow (Turbo Compressor in the John Henry) will stick around (Santa Anita for the Breeders’ Cup).”
RON ELLIS, INCLUDE ME OUT, THIRD: “You just can’t close on this track the way it is. Speed’s holding, and they didn’t go very fast. But it was good. We’ll do better next time. It’s just the way the track is now. Unless you’re on the lead, you can’t win.”
NOTES: The winning owner is Dimitrios Katsaros of New York City who races as Green Hills Farm, Inc.