SANTA MARGARITA STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES

ROSIE NAPRAVNIK, JOYFUL VICTORY, WINNER: (Do you know if Larry Jones has anything in mind for her next race?) “You better ask him, I don’t know yet.”

(In response to how the trip set up for her.)

“She broke sharp. She likes to run freely and doesn’t like being restrained so it was nice that we had plenty of room on the rail to take the lead into the first turn. She was just relaxed and ran a great race.”

TRAINER QUOTES

LARRY JONES, JOYFUL VICTORY, 11-10 FAVORITE, WINNER: “. . . I thought we were going to be on the heels of horses on the first turn, but when his (Gary Stevens’ on Great Hot) horse went wide, Rosie (Napravnik) just took advantage of it and thought this was the parting of the Red Sea, let’s go, and it worked out very well.

“We really haven’t (given much thought about her next race). We know we want to be back here for the Breeders’ Cup. We definitely will not turn her out but we may go light with her early for the rest of the summer and get serious in the fall and start trying to point to get back out here.

“I was starting to wonder if she was ever going to show up at the right time at the right day (to win a Grade I). She had shown us this brilliance at times, but she’s just doing everything better right now. She’s grown up a lot mentally, because the Tapits, some of the can be a little high strung and tough, but she has settled into herself really well, and with the Good Lord’s blessings, we’re going to have a big year.

“Rosie is a special rider. It’s a gift from God, what she’s got. She doesn’t realize it yet but she’s been anointed with this talent. She is one of the brightest young stars in this game, I can assure you.”

JOHN SADLER, MORE CHOCOLATE, SECOND: “We were very happy. She ran a really good race, and give credit to the winner. The winner did the hard work and kept going, so we’re very happy.”

NOTES: The winning owner is Rick Porter of Lexington, Ky., who races as Fox Hills Farms, Inc.