Saturday, November 07 2009

Quotes for the Turf Sprint

Brian Koriner (trainer, California Flag, 1st) – “The difference between this year and last year is that last year we just said ‘go’ and this year we used our heads. The horse has matured, and (jockey) Joe (Talamo) did a great job. Once we made the lead, it was over. This is great. I hope there are more (Breeders’ Cup wins) to come. I am not going to be greedy, but this is what it’s all about.”

Joe Talamo (jockey, California Flag, 1st) – “"It was great. He made the lead pretty easily, and going right until about the three-eighths pole, I was pretty confident. He had so much in reserve coming down the stretch and really kicked it in the last part. Last year we went :41 for the half, this year we went :43. That was the difference."

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Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf quotes

Frankie Dettori (jockey, Pounced, 1st) – “I had a box seat, very pleased that we got the split (between horses), and he fought really hard for me. I was worried about getting clear but the gap was big enough for me to go through and my horse was very brave.”

John Gosden (trainer, Pounced, 1st) – “We had a nice draw. There wasn’t much pace but he got through the gap when he had to. It’s fantastic to win this race for the second straight year (Donativum in 2008) and to do it at Santa Anita, my second home.”

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JEREMY ROSE, SMART BID, WINNER: “He did everything perfect. He broke good and got his ears up right away. I was able to get him back, no problem and he ran great. I hadn’t ridden him in a long time (Dec. 8, Philadelphia Park) and he showed huge improvement today. He was just a big, playful baby and we always knew he had a lot of talent, but his mind is catching up with his body—now we can see what he can do. This is my second win at Santa Anita, but it’s my first stakes win and it’s a great feeling.”

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Breeders’ Cup Friday Attendance and Handle Increase at Santa Anita Park

ARCADIA, Calif. – Attendance for Breeders’ Cup Championship Friday at Santa Anita Park increased by 20% over Championship Friday last year as 37, 651 were on hand today for the nine-race card that included six Breeders’ Cup World Championships races. Attendance on Championship Friday in 2008 was 31,257.

The common-pool handle for the nine races was $48,439,458 a 1% increase over the 2008 10-race Friday card. An additional $1,159,007 in a separate pool was wagered in France.

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Friday, November 06 2009

Sentiet Jet Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint quotes

Julien Leparoux (jockey, Informed Decision, 1st) – “She broke good, and put me right where I wanted to be early in the race. She was nice and relaxed and comfortable. I was very happy from the start because I know what kind of kick she can give me. She can win any way. She's a champion. That's what champions do. She just has to be comfortable, whether she's in front, close to the pace, or behind.”

Jonathan Sheppard (trainer, Informed Decision, 1st) – “She was always up there – clear and close to the pace. She got the lead in plenty of time and kept driving to the wire. If there were a chink to her armor, Ventura would have caught her but she finished up strongly. She usually does. It worked out perfectly. Julien (jockey Leparoux) gave her a great ride.”

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Quotes for the Emirates Airline Filly & Mare Turf

Henry Cecil (trainer, Midday, 1st) – “It was lovely. I did fancy Father Time in the Marathon, but he just didn’t seem to let himself go at all, so I was wondering what was going to happen here. It’s a relief. It’s great for the Prince (Khalid Abdullah). He has been a great supporter of mine. If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t be here now. I was quite happy. They suddenly quickened up a bit, and when he asked her, she moved through nicely. She finishes well, and she gets the trip well. When she hit the front, I think she thought she had just enough for the end, and she had.”

Thomas Queally (jockey, Midday, 1st) – “The biggest win of my career- undoubtedly. She hit a flat spot over on the backside, and I had to get after her. She has a top gear that is really something, but we had to find it. When she quickens, it’s just a dream. I saw lots of rails all the way around. It was a dream run. Nine times out of ten it won’t work out that way for you, but today was the day. I am over the moon.”

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Quotes for the Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies

Julien Leparoux (jockey, She Be Wild, 1st) – “I got a perfect race. I was on the rail all the way. I was hoping it would open up at the top, but I didn’t really know. It did open up, a little bit, and that was good. That was all I needed.”

Wayne Catalano (trainer, She Be Wild, 1st) – “When they were loading, she was getting a little excited but she broke good. Everything went well. I’m really happy with her. I was a little worried when it looked like she might get trapped but I have a good rider who is patient. I felt good when she poked her head in the hole. She’s not a big filly so it doesn’t take much room.:

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Quotes for the Juvenile Fillies Turf

Robby Albarado (jockey, Tapitsfly, 1st) – "It was a great trip, she broke well, she put herself in position. I just wanted to clear most of them into the first turn so I wouldn't get packed out too wide. She's awful quick leaving the gate. She got herself into position and the first time I pressed, she went on. She came home nice. She's a little fighter, I'll tell you that. She's a true grass horse for sure. The only time I rode her on the grass she was at her most impressive. The last time she didn't handle the Belmont course that well, it was a little muddy and a little sticky, but she worked very nice this week so we had a good indication that she'd run good."

Dale Romans (trainer, Tapitsfly, 1st) – “No one deserves to win a race like this more than (owner) Mr. Jones. He’s been in the business a long time and has had horses for over 30 years. My father (Jerry Romans) trained for him before me. It’s just a great win for him and for me too. I thought we had a great trip. I thought that if she got her nose in front, she wouldn’t stop. That other filly (Rose Catherine) ran a great race, but my filly hung on.”

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Quotes for the $500,000 Breeders’ Cup Marathon

John Murtagh (jockey, Man of Iron, 1st) – “It was his first time over the course so I let him just go along without any hurry. I wanted to stay out of trouble. I asked him at the three-eighths pole and he responded beautifully. He got the win right on the wire so it worked out just right.”

Aidan O’Brien (trainer, Man of Iron, 1st) – “That was brilliant. We’re delighted. Johnny (jockey Murtagh) gave him a wonderful ride. Johnny said that he was just going to take his time because that’s the way he likes to be ridden. That’s what he did. It was just a marvelous ride.”

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Breeders’ Cup Notes, Friday Nov. 6

* Zenyatta – The mare, poised for a date with destiny in the Breeders' Cup Classic on Saturday, is owned by Jerry Moss and his wife, Ann. Trainer John Shirreffs is married to Dottie Ingordo-Shirreffs, racing manager for the Mosses.

But no couple is closer to the unbeaten 5yo champion than groom Mario Espinoza and hot walker Carmen Zamora, his wife of seven years.

Espinoza, 45, knelt next to Zenyatta in her stall in Barn 66 Friday morning as the mare contentedly nibbled at some hay in a net attached to the inside of her stall gate.

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Thursday, November 05 2009

Breeders’ Cup Classic notes Thurs., Nov. 5

Awesome Gem – The local boy will try to make good Saturday at Santa Anita Park when Craig Dollase sends out the 6yo gelding in the Breeders' Cup Classic.

“I was an Arcadia Apache,” said Dollase Thursday from Barn 7 as he waxed nostalgic about his scholastic days at Arcadia High School a few furlongs away.

“I played a little basketball and graduated in 1990. I wanted to be an athlete. I'm training the four-legged kind now.”

Dollase made headlines when he became the youngest trainer to win a Breeders' Cup race at 27 with Reraise in the 1998 Sprint at Churchill Downs, a record that still stands.

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Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic Notes, Thursday Nov. 5

Careless Jewel – The 3yo filly, who has won her last five races by daylight, will return for another season of racing in 2010 no matter how she fares in the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic Friday.

“We’ll run her next year. That’s the plan,” said owner Vern Dubinsky, who purchased the filly for $40,000 as a yearling. “After this race she’ll go to Waver Tree Farm in Ocala (Florida) for a nice break and then we’ll get her ready to run as a 4-year-old.”

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