JOCKEY 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.”

TRAINER QUOTES

RON ELLIS, TEDDY’S PROMISE, WINNER: “She’s back in form. I think that last race kind of got her a lot of confidence. She’s really starting to relax and mature mentally. Physically, she’s always been quite a specimen, but mentally she’s really turned a corner for us. I certainly don’t think the mud hurts her. Her last one was on a little bit of a wet track. This was a muddier track today, but she won a Grade I on a fast track, so I think here at Santa Anita on the regular dirt it’s a little bit better fit.”

GARY MANDELLA, KINDLE, THIRD: (Did he expect the pressure to continue all through the race?) “Yes. I did. Teddy’s Promise is a filly that has tactical speed and I expected she wouldn’t let my filly get away for too long. Baffert’s filly (Distracting) did a some of the work for her early and that wasn’t a surprise either.

“I knew we would have to earn it; we wouldn’t be given anything, and I couldn’t be prouder of my filly. That’s as good as she can run going seven-eighths. We knew we might be running her a little bit past her optimal distance; that’s what we proved today. But she also proved she has a lot of heart. A perfect, trip, a perfect ride. That’s the best I can expect from this filly.”

NOTES: The winning owners/breeders are Ted and Judy Nichols are from Oceanside, CA.