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EDDIE D. STAKES QUOTES
JULIEN LEPAROUX, CHIPS ALL IN, WINNER: “He broke pretty good, and I tried to put him in the race. And then I just tried to be clear and not have any traffic. I put him where he was clear, and he put me there easy. I thought I felt someone coming on the outside, and he went on. He loves this track and loves this distance.
“He ran great at Del Mar. We knew that he liked the distance here, so we’re happy to be back here.”
GARRETT GOMEZ, BOAT TRIP, SECOND: “He’s run down the hill before but when we hit the dirt he jumped a little and I lost ground. I had to give him time to get back on his feet so I lost momentum and I think that cost me the race. The horses don’t run down the hill very much and it’s been about seven or eight races since he’s run down it. It wasn’t a perfect trip, but it’s a lot to build on.”
AARON GRYDER, CARACORTADO, FOURTH: “The ride was great. He did everything we asked him to do and ran well. We got bottled up a little at the 3/8th (pole), but I guided him through and we had a good ride after that. For him to run like he did against this group of horses was great to see.”
JEFF MULLINS, CHIPS ALL IN, WINNER: “I think the two route races (miles) that he had under his belt prior to this helped a lot.”
Asked about the Breeders’ Cup: “He’s not eligible.” Asked about a game plan: “That’s going to be up to the owners. They’re going to have to come up with a lot of money (the supplemental fee is $100,000).
“We’ll see how he comes out of this, regroup and see what they want to do. You never know.”
Asked if he would keep him sprinting: “I think if I can keep his races spaced out equally enough, the horse can run a flat mile pretty easy, but I can’t sit waiting two months (between starts).”
Any pre-race instructions to Julien Leparoux? “I asked him if he knew what to do and he said yes.”
MICHAEL MACHOWSKY, CARACORTADO, THIRD: “He lost his whole frog about 17 months ago and we had to let it grow out, stabilize and basically keep it healthy. He basically grew a whole new hoof. It’s been a long, drawn-out process, but he ran great.
(About getting bottled up at the 3/8th pole): “He might have (won). I don’t know how much he got beat, length, length-and-a-half, something like that. But he gutted it out. Maybe it would have saved him a little extra punch. But I think with this race under him, you’ll see a different horse next time.”
(What this race showed going into Breeders’ Cup): “Nineteen months off and he’s still got his class. He comes back after 19 months and runs this kind of race against these horses. He still has it. Breeders’ Cup, they allow 14 to run and hopefully we’re one of the 14.”
NOTES: The primary winning owners are Jean Everest, John O’Brien and Danny Valdez, from Salt Lake City. Today’s on track attendance is 4,537.