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FRANK E. KILROE MILE STAKES QUOTES
JOE TALAMO, SUGGESTIVE BOY, WINNER: (It’s got to be thrilling to win a Grade I for Ron McAnally on a big day like this): “I tell you what, that picture is going up on my wall. I’ve always wanted to win a big stake for Mr. McAnally. He did an unbelievable job with this horse, he’s very fresh today, and I just had to point him in the right direction.
(Silentio really seemed to make you work late)
“Yeah, that horse was coming at me and I had to get after him (Suggestive Boy) But you know, this horse is such a fighter, and he kept giving me more and more.”
MIKE SMITH, FED BIZ, THIRD: (On running on turf for the first time) “He ran a very good race. He ran the kind of race that gives you some hope for the future on the grass. I just like the way he handled it. Those were some of the best milers in the country and he only beat me by a length and a half, two lengths max. I kind of had to wait for room. I never had a clear, clear sailing, so room to improve.”
COREY NAKATANI, MR. COMMONS, FOURTH: “The trip actually went pretty good. He fooled me a little bit. I was watching all of his races and he comes off pulling but today he kind of fell out of there and I was surprised by it. I remembered watching the replay on the race when Mike (Smith) rode him and he just kind of fell out of there like he did this afternoon. I was talking to John (Shirreffs) and he told me to make sure to get him covered up and that I would probably be sitting mid-pack somewhere with him pulling on me. It’s one of those things that you don’t know until the gate opens, and he kind of got on his toes so I thought he was going to come out full of run. He just came out and was relaxed as can be so I had to get him going, but going into the turn it didn’t develop the way I wanted to. Speed’s carrying right now but he ran a huge race.”
RON McANALLY, SUGGESTIVE BOY, 3-2 FAVORITE, WINNER: “Seven-hundred (career wins) at Santa Anita? I thought it was 700 for everywhere. I’ve always liked Santa Anita. This and Del Mar are the two-best tracks in the world.
“We’ve always felt that he was a good horse. When he ran first time out in the Grade I Shoemaker Mile, I didn’t want to run him there, because you take one step at a time.
“Winning the Kilroe Mile, Jimmy (Kilroe) was a part of Santa Anita. That’s very, very important. Jimmy always did a lot for me and hopefully I did a lot for him. He was the best.
“The only thing I told him (Talamo) was to keep him relaxed no matter what the pace is. As a rule, he likes a good pace up front because he has good turn of foot turning for home. Turning for home today I really thought we had a good chance because he was in the clear and that’s all it takes. A good horse will make anybody.
“I wasn’t really sure (he got the nod). We were standing right up there on the finish line and I wasn’t sure. That horse that he beat (Silentio) is a good horse.”
GARY MANDELLA, SILENTIO, SECOND: “It’s going to take a hell of a horse to beat Suggestive Boy. If he stays that good all year, him and Wise Dan are probably the best turf milers around. “At the eighth pole, I thought my horse was just kind of lengthening his stride, and maybe we’d get lucky and Joe (Talamo) would move too early. But watching these horses gallop out, in another sixteenth of a mile, I still don’t think my horse is going to get by. I think Ron’s horse is just really good right now, and my horse ran as good as he can, and he’s just two inches less horse.
“We didn’t get the trip I wanted today. Rafael (Bejarano) and I both assumed that Fed Biz would be sent, and that would clear a path where we’d just sit behind him. When Mike Smith didn’t send his horse, it kind of became a ‘Who wants to lead?’ kind of thing. Our post position, instead of being an asset, became a deterrent. He ended up too bottled up, and I don’t think that’s the perfect trip for my horse. I don’t think he wants to be fought early like that. I think he’s better off if he’s comfortable and can get to the outside. But, all those things being said, I don’t think anybody except Wise Dan was going to beat Suggestive Boy today.”
NOTES: This was McAnally’s 700th career victory at Santa Anita. The winning owner is Jose Cerillo of Lomas de Chapultepec, Mexico, who races as Pozo de Luna, Inc. Today’s on track attendance was 26,901.