Saturday October 13, 2012
JOE TALAMO, BELLA VIAGGIA, WINNER: “Before she actually ran I worked her about seven or eight times so I was very familiar with her. We just had a great trip. Mike (Puype) had her ready to go today. The rail opened up good and we just shot on through.”
MIKE PUYPE, BELLA VIAGGIA, WINNER: “It was a big race; big effort. She has a great future. When horses want to win like that, and they come out running, those are seasoned horses. She showed a big race today to be like that. Let me tell you, she works this main track like no other. She runs on synthetic too, and trains on the dirt better than both of them so I think I can go anywhere where there’s a race. Her weight is unbelievable right now. She looks great. She had bled at Del Mar in her second start and it was very unexpected. To then come back and win when she wasn’t quite right was good, but she’s even better now. I think it was just getting too amped up there because that can happen at Del Mar. It’s not been a chronic problem for her, but she was very good today.”
NOTES: The winning owner is Donald Patrick of San Luis Obispo who races as SLO Racing Stable.
DON VALPREDO CALIFORNIA CUP SPRINT STAKES QUOTES
Saturday October 13, 2012
GARRETT GOMEZ, MAUI MARK, WINNER: “It wasn’t the smoothest of trips. I squeezed him early just to help him get on his feet and he kind of struggled, so then I just tried to find a rhythm for him and a spot that he was traveling well in. I got to the turn, and he tried to spread the turn a little bit, so I got him back inside. Once I got him lined up and started focusing on making some kind of run, I pointed him where I wanted to go and his confidence started growing because he knew he was getting out from behind the dirt. He made a huge run and finished up well.”
RAFAEL BEJARANO, AIN’T NO OTHER, SECOND: “I’m really happy with the horse and the race. When I see the horses from the outside, I knew there was going to be some speed in this race, but my horse had speed too. We tried to get out there from the gate . . . I tried to get him relaxed, get him right behind the speed. It looked like in the stretch, my horse was going to come running, but the winner, he came running too. It was a very good race and I’m happy.”
BOB HESS JR., MAUI MARK, WINNER: “We claimed him (for $20,000 March 15 at Santa Anita), took him East, did pretty well, then he injured himself. He pulled a left stifle in that last race (July 25 at Saratoga), so we brought him home and freshened him up.
“Garrett (Gomez) rode him great. I didn’t really tell him anything, other than when you go, get in the clear, because he’s a little timid inside. He’ll run inside, but when you really need to knuckle on him, you want to be in the clear. That’s all I told Garrett. I said he can be in front or last, it doesn’t really matter. If you look at his form, he’s very versatile.
“I knew he was good enough (to win this race), minus the nine horse (favored Derby Gold) . . . However, my horse still was only about 85 percent weight-wise and coat-wise today, so that was a big concern for me. I was nervous.”
NOTES: Hess said the $75,000 On Trust Handicap at Betfair Hollywood Park at 7 ½ furlongs on Nov. 17 would be considered for Maui Mark’s next race. The winning owners are Mike Carter and Charles Galea, both of Lakeside, CA.
JOHN DEERE CALIFORNIA CUP DISTAFF STAKES QUOTES
JOEL ROSARIO, TIZ FLIRTATIOUS, WINNER: “She’s a pretty nice filly. I’ve rode her before and she acted really good last time I rode her. She was still rank in her last race, maybe that’s why she got tired. Today she was really relaxed and she covered a lot of ground when I asked her to run. She looked good.”
RUSSELL BAZE, BEST PRESENT EVER, SECOND: “The race set up great for me. I was able to lay fairly close. I always seemed to have a good spot where I had a clear trip in front of me. I got fanned a little bit coming on to the main track, but that’s not unusual racing down the hill. She pushed right on to the lead and I thought we were home free, but that horse that won it, she just ran me down like a greyhound and a rabbit. It always feels good coming down for the Cal Cup. It’s a great day of racing. Normally I do a little better than this, but that filly really ran her eyeballs out. She didn’t have any excuses. Couple of the other ones had excuses but maybe they weren’t as good as we thought they were.”
GARRETT GOMEZ, UNUSUAL HOTTIE, THIRD: “Great trip. I got through every step of the way. Thought I was in a decent spot. She handled everything perfect. On this day, she was third-best. She ran a good race.”
NOTES: The winning owner/breeder is Pamela C. Ziebarth of San Juan Capistrano.
BOB BENOIT CALIFORNIA CUP JUVENILE STAKES
MARTIN GARCIA, MONUMENT, WINNER: “He was back and forth today. I think he looked too much at the people in the grandstands. I had a lot of horse, that’s why he had time to look around. This was the first time he’s run at a distance, and it looks like he likes it.”
JOEL ROSARIO, BALLARD RULER, SECOND: “It was a good race. It was his first time (going) long and he showed that could run. He got kind of tired turning for home so I had to keep after him and ride him hard, but he should improve off of this.”
RAFAEL BEJARANO, THEHUMANCOMPLAINT, SEVENTH: “It was the distance. He didn’t want to go two turns, definitely. He doesn’t like this track 100 percent. It was both things. He would run better on synthetic and a shorter distance. He doesn’t want to go two turns.”
JOE TALAMO, STRONG WIND, NINTH: “That was our obvious plan, to be in front. I’d say they went too fast, but the winner was right outside us. Monument is a real nice horse, but my horse got real, real tired the last part. Two-year-olds that do those splits going two turns, that’s pretty tough. For the winner to do that and keep going, that was pretty impressive.”
JOHN SADLER, MONUMENT, WINNER, AND BALLARD RULER, SECOND: “I want to recognize Bob Benoit, who was as good a guy as there was to have at your race track in California. I want to say hello to Lee and Susan (Searing, the owners/breeders of Monument). The horse is a true homebred. This is really exciting.
“He trained very well. He was a little green at Pomona. He won his first two starts so we thought we had a good shot with both of them--all three of them, actually—one of them (Life a Riley, 10th and last) didn’t run well, but I’m happy to be here.”
Thoughts about a future race? “Not really. We haven’t come up with an overall plan. We’ll probably keep him in the state-bred program for now, but he is an improving horse and we’re excited.”
BEN CECIL, THEHUMANCOMPLAINT, SEVENTH: “Disappointing, obviously. We have to wonder if he wants to go that far. It may be a bit too far for him. But we’ll check him out to see if it’s the distance.”
NOTES: The winning owner/breeder is Lee and Susan Searing of Rancho Cucamonga, who race as C R K Stable.