Saturday, April 06, 2013



GARRETT GOMEZ, FLASHBACK, 11-10 FAVORITE, SECOND: “Everything was good. I was very happy with my position and I was able to get him to settle a little bit. He took everything well. Up the backside I found myself behind Goldencents and (Bob) Baffert’s other horse (Super Ninety Nine) and I thought I was in a good spot, I really did. I thought even if I get stuck in here for a while that I was in a good spot saving ground right in behind them.

“At about the middle of the turn I was able to edge my way out and I thought I was just going to run by them. He actually just didn’t pick up the way I was expecting him to and I had to start grinding on him a little bit. He picked up, just not enough. When I turned for home Goldencents quickened just a little bit and I couldn’t go with him. Late in the race my horse never threw the towel in, he kept grinding away. He’s a young three year old, too. His first start was at Hollywood Park so he’s been playing catch up for a while. He’s a sincere racehorse and still ran a really good race today.”


DOUG O’NEILL, GOLDENCENTS, WINNER: “I did (think he had enough left when Flashback came to him in the stretch), but I think every trainer has a false sense of hope every time you run one, but I felt like we had a lot of horse left. This time it worked out perfect.
“Again, just credit to Kevin (Krigger). He didn’t panic early when the pace was a little bit hot the first quarter, and was able to just chill and save horse. Credit to Kevin and the horse. They’re a great team.

“I think it did (help, the change in training strategy to try and slow his works down). I think it saved some more energy for the afternoon. I was getting caught up into he was just a fast horse. It is fun to watch a horse work one ten and change, but you do worry it saps some of their energy for the afternoon, so we just tried to stay away from that. Whether that has anything to do with it or not, it worked today.”

When will he ship to Kentucky? “I don’t know. We’ve got to huddle up. As soon as the alcohol wears off, we’ll figure it all out.”

BOB BAFFERT, FLASHBACK, SECOND: “We were all in a good position turning for home. When we got to the outside the other horse (Goldencents) just quickened on him. The winner ran a really good race. They ran pretty fast times.

“Super Ninety Nine was in a good spot. He probably doesn’t want to go that far. Flashback, he ran a good race. Goldencents, he’s a good horse. He’s going to be really tough.

“We’re going to wait and see how he (Flashback) comes out of it. He was still running at the end. He’s still a young horse and we’ll wait for the dust to settle. He had every chance to win today and couldn’t get to that horse.”

NOTES: The winning owners are Glenn Sorgenstein and Joshua Kaplan of Santa Monica, who race as W.C. Racing; David Kenney of Yorba Linda; and Rick Pitino, head basketball coach at the University of Louisville, who resides in Louisville and races as RAP Racing.

Today’s on-track attendance was 33,005.

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