TIM CONWAY STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES


PATRICK VALENZUELA, MERIT MAN, WINNER: “I’m feeling a little sore (he missed the last few racing days with knee issues), but feel good. Bob Hess has a very nice horse here. He ran a very good race at Del Mar. He kind of blew himself up a little bit when he saw a photographer up past the wire. He looked at him and kind of pulled himself up a little bit but he’s a very nice horse. Two turns, let’s do it.”

MARTIN PEDROZA, SCHERER MAGIC, 6-5 FAVORITE, FIFTH: “I’m disappointed. It could have been the dirt today. If he ran half decent he would have beat these horses. He just didn’t fire today. I’m very disappointed.”

TRAINER QUOTES

HESS JR., MERIT MAN, WINNER: “He runs much better on the dirt and we knew that going to Del Mar (Polytrack). He got down there, he kind of bobbled and really wasn’t smooth . . . My friend, Chris Brothers, was at the Ocala sale, we signed the ticket and we’re glad we did.”

Any instructions to Patrick Valenzuela?: “Pat Valenzuela? He’s older than me. I don’t have to tell him (anything).” Valenzuela will be 50 on Oct. 17; Hess is 46.

Next race: “We’ll talk to the owners, but hopefully the Breeders’ Cup Sprint.”

NOTES: The winning owners are Bruce Chandler of Arcadia, Robert McKee of Phoenix (Double Kee, LLC) and Karen and Jim Glavin (Purple Shamrock) of Rancho Santa Fe.

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