Monday, December 31, 2012
$100,000 OCALA QUOTES
Trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. (Successful Song): “We know she can go the distance. I told Joel (Rosario), ‘Take what they give you. With four horses in the race, you don’t know what the pace will be. If it’s slow, she can be on the lead; if it’s fast, she can lay off them.’ It was a riders’ race, as far as I was concerned, and he answered the call and won the way we hoped.
“She might have been a little beat up (in last year's Ocala when seventh) from the races beforehand. She might not have come into this race as well (last year) as she did this race. We kind of backed off her a little coming into this race, because it was a target for us.”
Jockey Joel Rosario (Successful Song): "I knew she was one pace. I wanted to lay closer to the lead but we were going fast early on, so I let her take her time and she got the job done. It was easy with only a four horse field. She tried hard and I knew in the middle of the race I would have to wait a little because sooner or later (Golden Mystery) would quit, so I had confidence."
Jockey Luis Saez (Golden Mystery): "My horse did not like the front. Going down the stretch by herself she was almost waiting for other horses, and with such a small field, it might have hurt her to not have others to follow and push her along. She got tired towards the end."
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