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SANTA MONICA STAKES QUOTES
VICTOR ESPINOZA, TEDDY’S PROMISE, WINNER: “She set up very well for me. She broke a little slow out of the gate but it was good for me. That’s what I wanted, a chance to move to the outside. There were two horses in front of me and I just tracked them. At the three-eighths pole I kind of just let her do her own thing, and turning for home I just let her run.
“She’s an unbelievable filly and I know Ron (Ellis) is the best in training her. When she’s good she can beat anybody. She and I have been getting along the few times I rode her. I know how she likes to run and she ran big in the last race and then again today. Hopefully she has come back as herself.”
RON ELLIS, TEDDY’S PROMISE, WINNER: “She’s back in form. I think that last race kind of got her a lot of confidence. She’s really starting to relax and mature mentally. Physically, she’s always been quite a specimen, but mentally she’s really turned a corner for us. I certainly don’t think the mud hurts her. Her last one was on a little bit of a wet track. This was a muddier track today, but she won a Grade I on a fast track, so I think here at Santa Anita on the regular dirt it’s a little bit better fit.”
GARY MANDELLA, KINDLE, THIRD: (Did he expect the pressure to continue all through the race?) “Yes. I did. Teddy’s Promise is a filly that has tactical speed and I expected she wouldn’t let my filly get away for too long. Baffert’s filly (Distracting) did a some of the work for her early and that wasn’t a surprise either. “I knew we would have to earn it; we wouldn’t be given anything, and I couldn’t be prouder of my filly. That’s as good as she can run going seven-eighths. We knew we might be running her a little bit past her optimal distance; that’s what we proved today. But she also proved she has a lot of heart. A perfect, trip, a perfect ride. That’s the best I can expect from this filly.”
NOTES: The winning owners/breeders are Ted and Judy Nichols are from Oceanside, CA.