Monday, October 06 2014
ZUMA BEACH STAKES QUOTES
COREY NAKATANI, LUCK OF THE KITTEN, WINNER: “He’s got a lot of ability. He’s got a high cruising speed which is good for 2-year-olds and he’s a big strong colt. I have to thank Wesley (Ward, trainer) and the Ramseys (owners) for giving me the chance to ride him. I got to figure him out a little bit today and hopefully we can use this as a steppingstone. He relaxed really nice for me and had plenty left so I think the next step could be the Breeders’ Cup. He deserves a spot in there I think.”
SURFER GIRL STAKES QUOTES
JOE TALAMO, HER EMMYNENCY, WINNER: “Mike (Stidham, trainer) and his assistant Chris (Davis), they’ve done such a great job with her, getting her ready. Really, ever since she broke her maiden they were pointing for the Del Mar Debutante and then this so (it was) a plan well-executed. I’m so glad I’ve been able to get on her in the mornings. I’ve been working her since Del Mar. She’s a very classy filly, so professional. She doesn’t act like she’s only two. I’ve seen her turn of foot in the mornings so I was confident that she would get a mile or more.”
Saturday, October 04 2014
SANTA ANITA SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP QUOTES
OLIVIER DOLEUZE, RICH TAPESTRY, WINNER: “He’s such a nice horse. He traveled well and he did what we asked of him today. He’s going to improve from this race so he’ll absolutely be ready for the Breeders’ Cup.”
Saturday, September 27 2014
AWESOME AGAIN STAKES QUOTES
MIKE SMITH, SHARED BELIEF, WINNER: “They tried to use some tactics on me which made the win today even sweeter. They just kept taking me wide, taking me wide, and I believe if you want to press the pace or take me out a little bit, OK. But doing it at all costs just to get me beat isn’t the way it should be done. It was to the extreme, I thought it was ridiculous. You just don’t do that.”
Monday, June 30 2014
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO STAKES QUOTES
VICTOR ESPINOZA, BIG KICK, WINNER: “I wanted to let him run out of there. I didn’t want to rate him too much. I wanted to let him do it and he was doing it comfortably. I wanted to open up two or three lengths and it was so easy so I let him stretch his legs even more. We got to the three-eighths and it was time to open it up as much as I could. I thought that if I could open up from there they were all going to have a hard time catching me. It worked out. I was too far in front to be worried about (Quick Casablanca and Joe Talamo) and he still had plenty left and enough energy to get it done.
Sunday, June 29 2014
THE GOLD CUP AT SANTA ANITA QUOTES
TYLER BAZE, MAJESTIC HARBOR, WINNER: “To do this for Sean, it means a whole lot for the guy that stood by my side. He gave me an opportunity to ride this horse first time out. I’ve gotten to know him, learn about him and learn how to ride him and I never lost any bit of faith in him.
Friday, June 27 2014
SUNDAY’S GRADE II SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO STAKES
QUICK CASABLANCA LOOMS COMPLETE STANDOUT IN SUNDAY’S GRADE II SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO STAKES AT 1 ¾ MILES ON TURF;
MCANALLY & TALAMO TEAM AGAIN WITH CHILEAN-BRED GRASS SPECIALIST
ARCADIA, Calif. (June 26, 2014)—An imposing physical specimen, trainer Ron McAnally’s Quick Casablanca heads a field of nine older horses in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Juan Capistrano Stakes at the marathon distance of 1 ¾ miles on turf.
Wednesday, June 25 2014
SATURDAY’S GRADE I, $500,000 GOLD CUP AT SANTA ANITA
GAME ON DUDE HEADS TALENTED CAST IN SATURDAY’S GRADE I, $500,000 GOLD CUP AT SANTA ANITA;
VENERABLE GELDING SEEKS THIRD WIN IN MILE AND A QUARTER CUP, TO BE RUN FOR THE FIRST TIME AT GREAT RACE PLACE
ARCADIA, Calif. (June 25, 2014)—Front running Game On Dude, a two-time winner of the Hollywood Gold Cup in 2012 & 2013, seeks his third lifetime win in the prestigious mile and a quarter fixture on Saturday, as the Grade I, $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita will be run for the first time at The Great Race Place.
Sunday, April 06 2014
CALIFORNIA CHROME DEMOLISHES FIELD IN $1 MILLION SANTA ANITA DERBY
SHERMAN TRAINEE WINS BY 5 ¼ LENGTHS UNDER ESPINOZA
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) _ Art Sherman knows what it takes to get a horse to the Kentucky Derby and win. He had a close-up view as an 18-year-old workout rider when Swaps won the 1955 Run for the Roses. Nearly 60 years later, Sherman is taking his own colt to Louisville as the early Derby favorite.
SANTA ANITA DERBY QUOTES
VICTOR ESPINOZA, CALIFORNIA CHROME, WINNER: “He knows what’s going on (when he goes to the gate). He’s calm and focused, but for some reason, we missed the break a tiny bit, but I put him in the race right away. I didn’t want to get stuck in traffic. It worked out well.”
Saturday, March 08 2014
SANTA ANITA HANDICAP QUOTES
MIKE SMITH, GAME ON DUDE, WINNER: “I knew he was going to run today. I knew it from the post parade when we turned around to go to the gate. He was on his toes today, he was on fire. He’s like that when he runs well. He ran big; I just had that feeling that he was going to. Down the backside he was happy, he was cruisin’, he was well within himself. He was throwing numbers, I knew we were going fast; I actually went even faster this time than I did last time (San Antonio Feb. 8). I got yelled at for going fast last time and that was forty-six; we went forty-five today and that’s at a mile and a quarter!
SAN FELIPE STAKES QUOTES
VICTOR ESPINOZA, CALIFORNIA CHROME, WINNER: “It was great. He ran like I expected him to. Everything worked out today. I wanted to try something new today so I let him go right out of the gate. I don’t know if people expected me to go right to the lead but I wanted to let him enjoy his race, I just let him go. In these races, you can’t just try and do too much with them. I think it’s important for him to do his thing for the first five-eighths and be happy. It seems like he likes both tracks. He’s been training over at Los Al but he does things so much easier at Santa Anita after having trained at Los Al. He didn’t feel tired at all after the wire.”