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Sunday, December 22, 2013


$100,000 Harlan’s Holiday Quotes


Trainer Nick Gonzalez (River Seven): “It’s quite a thrill. This is my first stakes win at Gulfstream. It was an impressive performance – a track record.

“I was wanting to get him back on the dirt from the time he ran (second) in the Prince of Wales at Fort Erie. That option was over in Canada because all we had was Polytrack and turf. We got him on turf and he was a rock star on turf so we couldn’t take him off that.


“I didn’t want to cut him back to a mile in the El Prado (on turf) next week because it might screw up our schedule because we’re obviously looking down the road (to the Grade 1 $500,000 Donn Handicap on Feb. 8), especially after this performance.

“Things fell into place. We got a nice pace in front of us and Joe (Rocco Jr.) sat patiently on him. He told me he had a ton (of horse) at the three-eighths pole and he said, ‘We might as well make the race now.’”

Jockey Joe Rocco (River Seven): "Things worked out really good. I was able to get close to the rail around the first turn and just followed the two (Csaba) because I thought he was the horse to beat. He was going so good that when I asked him to step on it he really accelerated. The only horse I was worried about after that was Bourbon Courage because I thought he might come late.

(On the track record): "I knew they were going fast early, but I didn't know we were going that fast. He did it really comfortably."



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