CALIFORNIA BREEDERS CHAMPION STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES

GARRETT GOMEZ, QIAONA, WINNER: “The race actually just kind of fell apart. My horse just kept going at the same speed and when I turned for home I told her to go and I picked off a couple of horses. Then all of a sudden I started to pick them off left and right, but she never really accelerated much. She just kept doing what she was doing and the horses up front were looking to be done. I just kind of tried to pull out whatever tricks I had up my sleeve to try and accomplish what we got done.”

RAFAEL BEJARANO, UNUSUAL WAY, SECOND: “My horse, he broke good, but the other horse in front of me, No. 4, he broke better than I. But as soon as he broke, he came out right in front of me. That’s why he cut my position. I had to stop or I would clip his heels.

(Did you like the race you ran): “Yes. He ran a different race this time. It was good to see. He came from behind and that was good to see.”

JOE TALAMO, DOINGHARDTIMEAGAIN, 2-1 FAVORITE, FOURTH: “We had a perfect trip, and just got out-run. She ran big, especially because the track is so quick today. For her to make up that much ground is very impressive.”

TRAINER QUOTES

RON GLATT, WHO SADDLED FOR TRAINER ED MOGER JR., WHO WAS AT GOLDEN GATE: “I didn’t tell Garrett (Gomez) anything, really. He knew she was one of those horses that would come from out of it. You never know what to expect in this mud. The race track’s been playing to speed earlier. You never know in this business. She always tries, this filly

JEFF BONDE, UNUSUAL WAY, SECOND: “That horse came with a terrific kick to win – that’s all you can say. I thought my horse was the winner right up until the last jump or two, and it didn’t work out that way. But she learned a new way to run today – she’s always been up on the pace, and today she had to tough it out on the inside all the way around and eat some dirt, and she made a nice run, so she’s improving. I enjoyed the race. It was a very good education today.”

STEVE SPECHT, MARKS MINE, THIRD: “I was wishing the rain would have come back. It’s getting heavy out there now, but she ran good. I’m not disappointed. She ran a big race. She just got run down the last 16th.”

NOTES: Winning owners Curt and Lila Lanning are from Richmond, CA.