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RODEO DRIVE STAKES QUOTES
JULIEN LEPAROUX, TIZ FLIRTATIOUS, WINNER: “She finished strong. She had to fight because those other fillies did not stop. It was a good race for her and she got the Grade I she deserves. I think she has a great chance for the Breeders’ Cup. We knew she was really good but it was nice to see her handle the distance. I was a little concerned with Victor’s (Espinoza) horse (Vionnet). Victor’s filly was running really well, actually, the first three ran really well and finished very fast.
GARY STEVENS, MARKETING MIX, SECOND: “I think this set us up pretty well going forward. She ran her race today, we just got out-kicked. It was a funny run race, hopefully there will be more pace in the Breeders’ Cup.”
MARTIN JONES, TIZ FLIRTATIOUS: “This horse is something else. She deserved this today because she’s been so close in Grade I’s. What a feeling. I was a little hesitant there at the top of the stretch but she got the win. Hopefully she comes out of this race good.”
AIMEE DOLLASE, MARKETING MIX, SECOND: “She ran hard. We’ll be fine. It was a good tough race. She came back and ran well. We’ll be ready for Breeders’ Cup.”
RICHARD MANDELLA, VIONNET, THIRD: “It went well for us today. We could see that there wasn’t any pace. Our filly is a little inexperienced with this kind of group so we thought we might give it a try and I couldn’t be prouder. She ran her heart out.”
PAMELA ZIEBARTH, TIZ FLIRTATIOUS OWNER/BREEDER: “I was like, Julien, please don’t come up short this time. Earlier in her career someone asked me, ‘is this the nicest filly you’ve had,’ and I said Healthy Addiction would probably take that ticket but Marty says, ‘we’re working on it,’ and I’d say she’s there now.”
NOTES: The winning owner/breeder is Pamela Ziebarth from San Juan Capistrano.