Wednesday, March 13 2013
GREAT HOT TRIES TO STAY THAT WAY
TEXAS SHIPPER JOYFUL VICTORY SEEKS MILLIONAIRE STATUS IN GRADE I SANTA MARGARITA ON SATURDAY; SIX DISTAFFERS TO GO 1 1/8 MILES
ARCADIA, Calif. (March 13, 2013)—Great Hot, fresh off the biggest race of her life, a gate to wire score at 9-1 in the Grade II, 1 1/16 miles Santa Maria Stakes on Feb. 16, and Joyful Victory, a well traveled and highly accomplished 5-year-old mare by hot sire Tapit, head a field of six as they each try for consecutive victories in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 Santa Margarita Stakes at 1 1/8 miles.
Tuesday, March 12 2013
LAS FLORES STAKES QUOTES
MIKE SMITH, RUMOR, WINNER: (In response to how he felt she came to this race, if he thought she was going to step forward here.)
“Well, it didn’t look that way. Last time I rode her she was just quiet, really, really quiet. Quiet in the gate, didn’t get into the race, just stayed quiet. Today, I said I really want to warm her up, at least, at some point, get her into the race and see what would happen. When I did, she just locked on, and once she did that I knew she was going to run, it was just a matter of being good enough. You know, I’m not too sure Teddy Promise ran her race today, but when I saw that she wasn’t really ‘kickin’ on I thought I had a shot to win it. Once I got her clear she went on about her business. She went to the front a little sooner than you would want, but like I said, you never know with ‘Teddy;’ she might fire a big one on us. You got to get her when you can, and that’s what we did. She kind of loafed a little at the end and she won well within herself.”
Sunday, March 10 2013
SAN FELIPE STAKES QUOTES
COREY NAKATANI, HEAR THE GHOST, WINNER: (Jerry Hollendorfer said he wasn’t surprised by the fast pace, how about you?)
“Not at all. I felt that they were going to go fast. So I thought, ‘let’s get away good and make someone commit to going to the pace we need for him’. He’s a tremendous horse. Jerry said, ‘I’m going to find you a good one’ and I’ve been working some horses for him in the morning, asking for some help. I want to stay home, with my family, and stay on the West Coast. I’d like to get on the Derby trail with a horse, and this is it. He’s given me a chance to win (another) Santa Anita Derby with this colt, and the horse has done everything Jerry has asked him to do so far, so hopefully, he’ll be on that road.”
CHINA DOLL STAKES QUOTES
EDWIN MALDONADO, BIRDLOVER, WINNER: "Doug (O’Neill) told me to go to the lead and if somebody wants to go out there like a rabbit let them have the lead. Nobody fought me. It was a perfect race."
Monday, March 04 2013
STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN Sunday March 3, 2013
• FLASHBACK DRILLS FOR SATURDAY’S GRADE II SAN FELIPE
• ABSENTEE OWNER TORRE EXCITED WITH DUDE’S ROMP
• GAME ON DUDE POSTS 116 SPEED FIGURE FOR BIG ’CAP WIN
• GOMEZ HONORED TO BE NOMINATED FOR HALL OF FAME
• FORMER TRAINER GREG MACDONALD PASSES AT AGE 63
Sunday, February 24 2013
SAN CARLOS STAKES QUOTES
JOE TALAMO, SAHARA SKY, WINNER: “They had a real hot pace; it really set up good for us today. I’ll tell you what; this horse is one of those that only gets better with age. Jerry (Hollendorfer) has done a great job with him. He runs well fresh. It was going so fast up there and they stopped pretty good for us, but my horse was really running the last part.”
JOE HERNANDEZ HANDICAP QUOTES
COREY NAKATANI, UNBRIDLED’S NOTE, WINNER: “I felt I had the race. My horse, he’s such a real nice horse, a real game horse. I want to thank Mr. McCarty (the owner) for letting me have this opportunity with him, and Steve (Blasi, assistant to Steve Asmussen.) You know, it’s been a tough meet for us but they are very good horses. Sometimes they’re not on their game, and today he wasn’t on his best and he was still able to get the job done. The turf was a little soft, had a lot of cut to it and he kept switching leads on it. He’s better with a little bit of a target but the pace scenario just didn’t pan out like I thought it would. He ran a tremendous race either way.”
Tuesday, February 19 2013
BUENA VISTA STAKES QUOTES
MIKE SMITH, MIZDIRECTION, WINNER: “If anything good came out of it, she rated really well (Referring to a bumping incident at the break). I don’t know if it was because of that or she was just going to rate well. She’s a much more mature horse this year. She’s stronger, she’s bigger, and she’ll definitely get a mile. I thought if a horse was going to come to her she would have dug back in so now at least we have options. There’s not too many six or six and a halves but we can kind of pick our spots. I don’t know how much further we want to go than this, but she can certainly get a mile.”
Thursday, February 14 2013
BOOK REVIEW HEADS SHORT FIELD IN GRADE II SANTA MARIA
BAFFERT & BEJARANO AGAIN JOIN FORCES;
HOLLENDORFER REPRESENTED BY THREESOME
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 13, 2013)—A winner of the Grade I La Brea Stakes going seven furlongs on Dec. 26, Book Review was then a sharp second in the Grade II La Canada Stakes going a mile and a sixteenth on Jan. 20, and she’ll try that distance again on Saturday as she heads a six-horse field in Santa Anita’s featured Grade II, $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes for older fillies and mares.
Friday, February 01 2013
GAME ON DUDE TOWERS OVER COMPETITION
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 31, 2013)—With four Grade I wins and a solid last out Beyer Speed figure of 109 to his credit, Game On Dude towers over four rivals as he defends his title in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Antonio Stakes for older horses at 1 1/8 miles at Santa Anita.
BAFFERT’S FED BIZ TOPS LINEUP FOR SATURDAY’S GRADE II STRUB STAKES
ASMUSSEN, O’NEILL & MOTION ALL TO BE REPRESENTED BY TOP 4-YEAR-OLDS
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 30. 2013)—Regarded by many as Bob Baffert’s top Derby prospect, Fed Biz validated his early notices in his 4-year-old debut at Santa Anita on Jan. 12, winning the Grade II San Fernando Stakes at 1 1/16 miles, thus setting the stage for his role as favorite in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Strub Stakes at 1 1/8 miles.
Monday, January 28 2013
SANTA MONICA STAKES QUOTES
VICTOR ESPINOZA, TEDDY’S PROMISE, WINNER: “She set up very well for me. She broke a little slow out of the gate but it was good for me. That’s what I wanted, a chance to move to the outside. There were two horses in front of me and I just tracked them. At the three-eighths pole I kind of just let her do her own thing, and turning for home I just let her run.
“She’s an unbelievable filly and I know Ron (Ellis) is the best in training her. When she’s good she can beat anybody. She and I have been getting along the few times I rode her. I know how she likes to run and she ran big in the last race and then again today. Hopefully she has come back as herself.”