September 16, 2018

1st Running

$100,690 LOS ALAMITOS SPECIAL

3-Year-Olds & Up

One & One Quarter Miles

 

Jockey Quotes

JOE TALAMO (Winner, Dabster): “He’s a real cool horse, very gutty, It’s fun to ride one like that. I was trying to give him a breather on the turn and when they came to him in the stretch and he did all the work.’’

 

Trainer Quotes

MIKE MARLOW (Assistant Trainer, Winner, Dabster): “We thought one or two of them might go, but if nobody wanted the lead we were going to go. It set up well. (Jockey) Joe (Talamo) was smart. He let (Little Scotty) wing, but stayed in contention. We thought he would like the distance. He’s a big, long-striding horse who can gallop all day.’’

 

10th Running

$75,000 BEVERLY J. LEWIS STAKES

3-Year-Old Fillies

Six Furlongs

Jockey Quotes

MARIO GUTIERREZ  (Winner, Gas Station Sushi): “I had the opportunity to work her at Del Mar last week and that gave me a lot of confidence. I thought there would be a little more speed, but she broke really well and I just went on with it. This is a very nice filly.’’

Owner Quotes

JERRY RILEY (Winner, Gas Station Sushi): “She’s a special filly. She tries very hard all the time and obviously runs well after a layoff. (Trainer) Richard (Baltas) has done a great job with her and we’re just happy to be a part of it. We might look now at the (Grade II, $250,000) Raven Run (Saturday, Oct. 20) at Keeneland.’’

38th Running

$75,000 E.B. JOHNSTON STAKES

3-Year Olds & Up, California breds

One Mile

Jockey Quotes

MARTIN PEDROZA (Winner, Shades of Victory): “I had a sprinter and put him on the lead and said come catch me. He was very game when they came to him.’’

Trainer Quotes

REED SALDANA (Winner, Shades of Victory): “Down the stretch I was just hoping he could hold on. (Jockey) Martin (Pedroza) rode a great race. We decided to run him here because another race we wanted to run in at Del Mar didn’t fill, so this worked out great. I though the distance would be to his benefit. One of the reasons I claimed him (for $12,500 April 7 at Golden Gate Fields) was because he had won a race at Sacramento where he showed a lot of fight just like he did today.’’

NOTES: Shades of Victory’s win price of $162.60 was the second largest since daytime thoroughbred racing returned to Los Alamitos in 2014. Devils Triangle, who won the fourth race Dec. 11, 2016, holds the record at $185.80.

5th Running

$150,000 LOS ALAMITOS DERBY (GRADE III)

3-Year-Olds

One & One Eighth Miles

 Jockey Quotes

FLAVIEN PRAT (Winner, Once On Whiskey):  “(Trainer) Bob (Baffert) told me to ride him patiently and he settled nicely. He’s pretty much push button and because they were going slow up front, I asked him to pick up the pace a little sooner. He really gave me a strong finish and that long stretch helped.’’

Trainer Quotes

BOB BAFFERT  (Winner, Once On Whiskey):  “He’s been working well and we’ve been wanting to stretch him out, so we decided to put him in here. In the stretch I could tell (favored) Ax Man was starting to get tired and I saw a horse coming and I said, ‘That’s me’, so that was good. He needed the whole stretch to get there. I’m happy for the whole (owners Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman) gang. I like what I saw from him today. Coming in I really thought Ax Man could do it, but on the turn, I could see them ganging up on him and he just didn’t respond. I have to give credit to (jockey Flavien) Prat. I told him just to be patient with him.’’

5th Running

$200,000 GREAT LADY M. STAKES (GRADE II)

3-Year-Olds & Up, Fillies & Mares

Six & One Half Furlongs

 

Jockey Quotes

DRAYDEN VAN DYKE (Winner, Marley’s Freedom):  “I ride her with a lot of confidence. The plan was to take her back and make a run and she gave me a real nice turn of foot. (Runner-up and defending champion) Skye Diamonds fought gamely, but I knew we had her measured.’’

 

Trainer Quotes

MIKE MARLOW (Assistant trainer, Winner, Marley’s Freedom): “(Jockey) Drayden (Van Dyke) knows her. We just wanted her to break and then let her relax. I didn’t anticipate her being that far back, but that is kind of where she wants to be. He kept her in the clear and rode her like he was on the best horse. She could be a lot of fun the rest of the year. We’re off to a good start.’’

 

 

 

5th Running

$101,035 BERTRANDO STAKES

3-Year Olds & Up, California Bred or Sired

One Mile

 

Jockey Quotes

ALONSO QUINONEZ (Winner, Soi Phet): “They had a little better kick than us on the turn, but that’s a long stretch and he’s an old pro who knows exactly what to do. He’s not afraid to go through a hole and he just stuck his neck out and got it done.’’

Trainer Quotes

LEONARD POWELL (Winner, Soi Phet): “He has such a big heart. I wasn’t sure he had won. Even watching the replay I wasn’t sure. It was the kind of trip we hoped he would get. Financially it means a lot (Soi Phet surpassed $1 million in career earnings with the win), but, honestly, for the horse it doesn’t mean anything because to me he has always been worth a million dollars and more. I’m very proud of what he’s been able to accomplish. There’s been a lot of hours spent with him and the fact he has responded the way he has is very satisfying.’’

 

NOTES: The win was the second in the Bertrando for Soi Phet, who also won the inaugural renewal in 2014…The 10-year-old has won five of nine starts at Los Alamitos and all of the victories have come in stakes. Besides the two Bertrando wins, he has captured the Los Alamitos Mile (2014) and the E.B. Johnston (2016-2017).

 

 

6th Running

$100,345 KING GLORIOUS STAKES

2-Year-Olds, California bred or sired

One Mile

 

Jockey Quotes

MIKE SMITH (Winner, Intimidate ): “He ran a great race. He got to pull himself up a little and was leaning in the stretch, but I was able to straighten him out and he held them off.’’

Trainer Quotes

BOB HESS, SR. (Winner, Intimidate): “He was lucky he didn’t go down last time (fifth in the Golden Nugget Nov. 11 at Golden Gate Fields). I didn’t know if he could run a mile, I didn’t know if he could run on dirt, but I knew he can run. We had to find out and this looked like a pretty good spot. (Smith) rode him exactly the way I told him. I said, ‘You ride him. ’ We know now he can handle two turns and dirt and I think he might do better as time goes on.’’

 

37th Running

$294,000 STARLET (G I)

2-Year Old Fillies

One Mile & One Sixteenth

Jockey Quotes

DRAYDEN VAN DYKE (Winner, Dream Tree): “I was just going to play the break because in a small field it can be tricky. (Jockey) Mario (Gutierrez on runner-up Yesterday’s News) decided to go, so I thought it would be perfect to sit just  off him. She ran right through the stretch and I didn’t even have to pull out my stick. It was just a hand ride.’’

Trainer Quotes

BOB BAFFERT (Winner, Dream Tree): “The plan was to sit with her today. The first race (Oct. 27) she had blinkers and she was rank and she won from a little off the pace. (Jockey Drayden Van Dyke) has been working her. I wasn’t sure about two turns, but after she came back and worked the way she did  (after winning the Desi Arnaz Nov. 18)  is why I changed my mind and decided to run her in this spot.’’

NOTES: Baffert became the first trainer to win the CashCall Futurity and the Starlet in the same year…Both races have been run at Los Alamitos since 2014 and were run previously (1981-2013) at Hollywood Park.

 

37th Running

$300,000 LOS ALAMITOS CASHCALL FUTURITY (GI)

2-Year-Olds - 1 1/16 miles

 Jockey Quotes

MIKE SMITH (Winner, McKinzie): We got carried out in the first turn by (Runaway Ghost). As far as what happened in the stretch, I just rode my race, he kept trying hard and we were blessed enough to get kissed into the win.’’

FLAVIEN PRAT (Third, Solomini): “I didn’t think he came in that bad. I didn’t think there would be a change.’’

Trainer Quotes

BOB BAFFERT (Winner, McKinzie, and Third, Solomini): “I didn’t think there was going to be a change (regarding disqualification of Solomini from first to third). (McKinzie) had a rough trip around the first turn and he got a little tired at the end. It’s a long stretch and he hooked up with (runner-up Instilled Regard) early . (Jockey Flavien) Prat (aboard Solomini) rode a great race just sitting behind them. Unfortunately, (Solomini) will lay on horses in the lane and you have to be careful with him. Prat might have gotten a little over aggressive. It’s really too bad they took him down. He was the better horse today.’’

 

35th Running

$201,035 BAYAKOA STAKES (GII)

3-Year Olds & Up, Fillies & Mares

One Mile & One Sixteenth

Jockey Quotes

MIKE SMITH (Winner, Majestic Heat): “The plan was to let her run out of there and see what everybody else did. When several of them went that was good for us. She settled nicely and when I tipped her out she did everything on her own in the stretch.’’

Trainer Quotes

RICHARD MANDELLA (Winner, Majestic Heat): “I’ve always had it in my mind to try her on dirt. I mentioned it to (part owner and co-breeder Madeline Auerbach) but just never quite did it. I thought she didn’t run at all the last time I ran her on grass (sixth in the grade II Goldikova Nov. 4) and she came back the next day and looked like a horse who hadn’t run. I had nominated her to the (Betty Grable, which she won Nov. 12 in her main track), so I decided to put her in there and see what happens. We do that a lot and sometimes it doesn’t work, so we can’t brag too much. I thought she ran very well today. It gives us a lot of options for next year.’’

 

 

 

6th Running

$101,380 SOVIET PROBLEM STAKES

2-Year-Old Fillies, California bred or sired

One Mile

Jockey Quotes

COREY NAKATANI (Winner, One Fast Broad): “She’s been doing great and this is what she wants to do. She’s very athletic and when you ask her she gives you that big run.’’

Trainer Quotes

MICK RUIS (Winner, One Fast Broad): “The race turned out the way we hoped it would. We knew she would be coming from off the pace. Funny thing is even though she is 3-for-3 on dirt we think this filly is much better on turf. We’re going to give her about 30 days now and let her chill out and bring her back for the mile race on grass for 3-year-old Cal bred fillies (the $200,000 California Cup Oaks Feb. 19 at Santa Anita).’’

28th Running

$100,000 BARRETTS JUVENILE

2-Year-Olds, Colts & Geldings

Six & One Half Furlongs

Jockey Quotes

FLAVIEN PRAT (Winner, Run Away): “He didn’t have any speed today. Around the turn I was between horses and he’s never been between horses before. He wasn’t comfortable, but luckily there’s a long stretch. Once I put him in the clear he started making his run.’’

Trainer Quotes

SIMON CALLAGHAN (Winner, Run Away): “He was in a real tough spot early in between horses and it just showed he’s got a big heart to come and run them down. We’ll just give him a bit of freshening now and then figure out our next target with him.’’

Owner Quotes

KALEEM SHAH (Winner, Run Away): “I told Simon this race scared me because I thought potentially he might bounce because he’s been running hard races. Turning for home today I was quite nervous. Luckily he came running. (Jockey Flavien Prat) said the dirt (in his face) was bothering him and once he got him outside he took off. He’ll get a little bit of a well-deserved rest now.’’

 

 

28th Running

$100,000 BARRETTS DEBUTANTE

2-Year Old Fillies

Six & One Half Furlongs

Jockey Quotes

KENT DESORMEAUX (Winner, Ismelucky): “It was an eventful trip to say the least. We got slammed at the start by (Funny Bean), then we had to wait for room, and then in the stretch, (eventual runner-up Shaken Memories) was using her tail like a fan in front of us. This filly really showed me something today.’’

Trainer Quotes

JEFF BONDE (Winner, Ismelucky): “(Funny Bean, who broke from post 2) took a head on into her at the start and she’s not big enough to defend herself, but (jockey) Kent (Desormeaux) the magician that he is pulled it off. She had trained well, but we were concerned about drawing the rail. With Kent’s maneuvering we were able to overcome everything. We backed off on her after she broke her maiden (May 18) because I thought she was a nice filly and she had some tightness in her hind end. We cranked her up again to get her ready for this race.’’

 

9th Running

$75,000 BEVERLY J. LEWIS STAKES

3-Year-Old Fillies

Six Furlongs

Jockey Quotes

KENT DESORMEAUX  (Winner, Princess Karen): “We had an uneventful trip.  His horses (trainer Jeff Bonde) always come out of there like quarter horses and that’s what she did today. She was strong all the way to the wire.’’

Trainer Quotes

JEFF BONDE (Winner, Princess Karen): “She had trained very well for this. There was a lot of speed and she has a lot of natural speed and that’s why I wanted to go to Kent (Desormeaux).  Mike (Smith) usually rides her, but he’s off right now, so I told Kent just ride a smart race and he did. I don’t have any answers right now what we might do next with her. I’m just going to enjoy the victory.’’

 

 

 

37th Running

$75,000 E.B. JOHNSTON STAKES

3-Year Olds & Up, California breds

One Mile

Jockey Quotes

KENT DESORMEAUX (Winner, Soi Phet): He’s something else. A real trooper. I just want to give him a big hug. I actually thought we would be sitting fourth, but he came out running and then just outdueled them.’’

Trainer Quotes

LEONARD POWELL (Winner, Soi Phet): “Kent said when he ran (fifth) in the Bertrando (July 8) he didn’t run his best race and he thought it was because he got dirt in his face so he wanted to keep him in the clear this time. This horse means nearly everything to me. It’s going to be sad when he’s not with me anymore. He loves the long stretch here. He’s a bit of a grinder and he keeps on coming and the stretch here helps him.’’

NOTES: The win was the fourth stakes success at Los Alamitos for Soi Phet. Besides the Johnston in 2016 and 2017, the 9-year-old won the Bertrando and Los Alamitos Mile in 2014.

 

 

4th Running

$200,690 LOS ALAMITOS DERBY (GRADE III)

3-Year-Olds

One & One Eighth Miles

 Jockey Quotes

DRAYDEN VAN DKYE (Winner, West Coast):  I asked him a little on the turn and he wasn’t ready yet, but when we straightened for home and I hit him left handed, he cut like no other. He finished very strong.’’

Trainer Quotes

BOB BAFFERT  (Winner, West Coast):  “This horse is improving all the time. He’s starting to settle down. (Jockey Drayden Van Dyke) was instructed to wait, wait and wait with him. If you go too early with him, he doesn’t finish. It was sort of a gamble to sit back there, but it paid off because you need to be patient with him. He took off the last eighth of a mile. He needs to learn how to run like that. Mission accomplished. We’ll look at the ($1.25 million) Travers (Aug. 26). A mile and a quarter should suit him. If he comes out of this race well and trains well, we’ll go (to Saratoga). I think it would be a good spot for him.’’

Owner Quotes

GARY WEST (Winner, West Coast):  “He’s progressed in every race. (Baffert) said early on he was a very talented horse, but was going to need some time to develop. He’s been patient with him and the horse is really starting to come around and getting good right now.’’

                                                                                

 

July 8, 2017

 

4th Running

$200,000 GREAT LADY M. STAKES (GRADE II)

3-Year-Olds & Up, Fillies & Mares

Six & One Half Furlongs

 

Jockey Quotes

TIAGO PEREIRA (Winner, Skye Diamonds):  “My filly has speed, but I wanted to sit off (Constellation and Pretty N Cool). I moved when (favored Finest City) moved and she was very strong in the stretch.’’

 

Trainer Quotes

BILL SPAWR (Winner, Skye Diamonds): “She was a 3-year-old and she was a trier was why we decided to claim her (for $40,000 last Aug. 27). We had been watching her a little bit before we claimed her and it has definitely worked out. I could have never imagined this (winning a Grade II) when we first claimed her. We started working her on the training track (at Santa Anita) and she loved it. She started running the last quarter in, believe me, 22 and change, not 23 or 24 (seconds). That’s when we kind of knew this was a good filly.  The day she won an optional claimer (Feb. 16) in (1:08.91) I was in awe.’’

 

4th Running

$100,690 BERTRANDO STAKES

3-Year-Olds & Up, California bred or sired

One Mile

 

Jockey Quotes

NORBERTO ARROYO, JR. (Winner, Ambitious Brew): “I beat this horse the last two times he ran with Stormy Liberal, so for a horse I had never ridden before, I knew him pretty well. I worked him Wednesday  and he went well, so that gave me confidence. This horse gave me a real strong run through the stretch.’’

Trainer Quotes

MARTY JONES (Winner, Ambitious Brew): “There was a race on the turf at Santa Anita that didn’t fill, so we entered here instead and it worked out. Sometimes you have to be lucky. (Arroyo) was aboard for his last work (a half-mile in 48.20 July 3) and he rode a great race. He’s definitely one of my favorite horses. He can run long or short and on dirt or turf.’’

 

5th Running

$100,000 KING GLORIOUS STAKES

2-Year-Olds, Colts & Geldings, Bred or Sired in California 

One Mile

 

Jockey Quotes

MARIO GUTIERREZ (Winner, Ann Arbor Eddie):  “I tried to keep him as comfortable as I could because he was going long for the first time. He gave me a good kick going into the last turn and then I responded when I asked him in the stretch. He was waiting a little bit on (runner-up California Diamond), but he wouldn’t let him by.’’

 

Trainer Quotes

DOUG O’NEILL (Winner, Ann Arbor Eddie): “The Square Eddies are unbelievable. They have so much heart to them and they have speed and stamina. (Jockey) Mario (Gutierrez) was going to play off whatever (jockey) Kent (Desormeaux) did on California Diamond because we knew he was the obvious horse to beat. Drawn inside we thought Kent would use us as a target. It was a horse race all the way around there. Very impressive.’’ 

 

 

1st Running

$180,000 WINTER CHALLENGE

3-Year-Olds & Up

1 1/16 miles

Jockey Quotes

VICTOR ESPINOZA (Winner, California Chrome):  “When I got on him today he was stronger and it really surprised me. When that happens I have a lot of confidence. I played it  by ear coming out of the gate and when I saw some horses inside of me go, I just decided to sit off them and keep him in the clear. He’s very tactical and doesn’t need the lead. It was perfect.’’

 

Trainer Quotes

ART SHERMAN (Winner, California Chrome): “I was pretty nervous before the race. You know your horse is better than the others running in the race, but it is a horse race and anything can happen. (Jockey) Victor (Espinoza) rode him with a lot of confidence. You could see he was much the best. I told Victopr keep him in the clear and don’t get him in any trouble. He rode him like he was about 10 lengths the best horse. It was just perfect. Now I can relax and get ready for the ($12 million) Pegasus (World Cup Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park). I want (Breeders’ Cup Classic winner) Arrogate bad.   I have something in my heart that says Chrome can beat him. The atmosphere here was just wonderful. It did my heart really good to be able to run him in front of Orange County people. They are such loyal fans. This was a great day for racing. You can see what happens when you have a star. Let’s hope he pulled up well. He looked fine when he came by. I know with his record he will be Older Horse of the Year, but I’m rooting for him to be Horse of the Year. That would be a great way for him to go out.’’

 

5th Running

$100,000 SOVIET PROBLEM STAKES

2-Year-Old Fillies, Bred or Sired in California

One Mile

Jockey Quotes

DRAYDEN VAN DYKE (Winner,  Sircat Sally):  “I’ve never had the chance to sit on her in the morning, but (Hall of Fame jockey) Mike Smith told me she was a lovely filly. I asked her away from the gate for position and she was a little keen, but then she came right back to me and I knew turning for home I had a lot of horse under me.’’

Trainer Quotes

DON CHATLOS (Assistant Trainer/Jerry Hollendorfer, Winner, Sircat Sally): “The first time we didn’t expect that kind of performance (five-length debut win Nov. 20) and got it so we were a little spoiled. (Hall of Fame trainer) Jerry was very confident today. The way she had galloped out in her race at Del Mar we didn’t think the distance would be a problem. She’s been here for several months so we thought she had the home court advantage.  We’re excited about her future.’’

36th Running

$300,000 LOS ALAMITOS CASHCALL FUTURITY (GI)

2-Year-Olds

1 1/16 miles

Jockey Quotes

MIKE SMITH (Winner, Mastery): “He relaxed great today and I think the key was (trainer) Bob (Baffert) putting the blinkers back on. He started looking around a little when he made the front in the stretch, but after I gave him a reminder he re-broke and was strong. His gallop out was also very good.’’

Trainer Quotes

BOB BAFFERT (Winner, Mastery): “You don’t know how they are going to do going two turns for the first time until they try it. Turning for home he hit a bit of a lull and l didn’t know if he was going to go on or flatten out. (Jockey) Mike (Smith) said it was a good thing I put the blinkers back on him because he hit the brakes when he made the lead. The last part he threw it in another gear. I thought we would be up pretty close, but I knew (pacesetter Bobby Abu Dhabi) was a fast horse and looked fast in the paddock. I was worried when I saw the fractions (45.65 for the opening half and 1:09.53 for six furlongs), but then he looked like he handled it pretty well. He withstood it and kicked on again at the end.’’

DOUG O’NEILL (Trainer, Second , Irap and Third, Dangerfield): “We’re happy. I thought they both ran great.’’

 

36th Running

$301,380 STARLET (GI)

2-Year-Old Fillies

1 1/16 miles

 

Jockey Quotes

JOE TALAMO (Winner, Abel Tasman):  “She’s improving with every start and I knew she was going to run big today because she came home great in her last workout (Dec. 3). The added distance was in her favor and it looked on paper like there was a lot of speed to help set things up. I actually thought we would be a little bit closer, but they went pretty fast and it worked out perfect.’’

MIKE SMITH (Second, American Gal): “She had more or less the same kind of (wide) trip as she did in the Breeders’ Cup (Juvenile Fillies Nov. 5). I couldn’t get behind them to get over and I couldn’t get in front of them to get over. The long stretch got to her. I think with a normal trip maybe I win.’’

 

Trainer Quotes

SIMON CALLAGHAN (Winner, Abel Tasman): “We thought she would definitely be more forwardly placed, but (jockey) Joe (Talamo) went to Plan B and it worked out. He saved ground and gave her a real chilly ride. I think the distance is the key for this filly. We decided to supplement ($10,000) because she was getting good at the right time and I thought she had the stamina for this race.’’

3rd Running

$201,035 LOS ALAMITOS DERBY (Grade II)

3-Year-Olds

One & One Eighth Miles

Jockey Quotes

TYLER BAZE (Winner, Accelerate): “He’s a horse who is still learning and has a lot of room for improvement. He has a tendency to lug in, so I was working on keeping him straight.’’

Trainer Quotes

JOHN SADLER (Winner, Accelerate ): “(Jockey) Tyler (Baze) said he was a little rough at the gate today and that’s why he got away bad. We didn’t really anticipate being too far off the pace, but (Baze) didn’t want to rush him. He was much the best in my opinion. He was really wide and never got a chance to save ground. It was a really game effort. We always thought this horse would improve going long.’’

28th Running

$100,000 BARRETTS JUVENILE

2-Year-Olds

Six & One Half Furlongs

Jockey Quotes

KENT DESORMEAUX (Winner, California Diamond): “Riding him last time (second in the I’m Smokin Stakes Sept. 2 at Del Mar) was paramount in learning about him and I can do even better next time. A seam was going to open up eventually because this is the longest stretch in America and when I picked a spot he really responded.’’

Owner Quotes

GARY HARTUNIAN/ROCKINGHAM RANCH (Winner, California Diamond): “We tried to buy him privately, but it got a little close to the sale (Del Mar Paddock Sale of Horses of Racing Age July 25), so (former trainer) John (Brocklebank) said, ‘I’m just going to run him through the sale.’ So we just decided to buy him at the sale instead. He’s young and a little green, but (jockey) Kent (Desormeaux) said he’s got a lot more left.’’

28th Running

$100,000 BARRETTS DEBUTANTE

2-Year-Old Fillies 

Six & One Half Furlongs

Jockey Quotes

TYLER BAZE (Winner, Bitzka):  “I didn’t want to let (Diva La Mousse) get too far away and I had a lot of horse down the lane. She’s still a little green and was looking around a little bit, but now I’m really excited to see her go two turns. (Trainer and co-owner) John (Sadler) has been a big part of my career from the very start.’’

Trainer Quotes

LARRY BENAVIDEZ  (Assistant Trainer/John Sadler, Winner, Bitzka):  “This is the level (maiden $62,500) where if you want to get an Iotapa ( a multiple graded stakes winner claimed by Sadler) type horse you have to claim the first time because they are like a good stock – you have to get them when they are attainable. John had a gut feeling and liked the way she looked. I told (jockey) Tyler (Baze) to track (pacesetter Diva La Mousse) and it worked out perfect. Tyler said she’s still kind of green, so it is encouraging that there is room for improvement.’’

8th Running

$75,000 BEVERLY J. LEWIS STAKES

3-Year-Old Fillies 

Six Furlongs

Jockey Quotes

MIKE SMITH (Winner, Bendable):  “I’ve never ridden her before, but I talked to (Hall of Fame trainer) Mr. (Richard) Mandella and he told me to ride her like it comes up and let her place herself. She’s lightly raced and it came easy to her. I was really loaded at the top of the stretch. I have a lot of good memories in these (Claiborne Farm) silks with Lure and back-to-back Breeders’ Cup Mile wins (1992-1993).’’

 

Trainer Quotes

ANGEL VEGA (Assistant Trainer/Richard Mandella, Winner Bendable):  “That was her best race. I thought she could win today the way she had been training and how she had schooled. She ran great.’’

 

 

 

33rd Running

$75,000 E.B. JOHNSTON STAKES

3-Year-Olds & Up (California breds)

One Mile

Jockey Quotes

MIKE SMITH (Winner, Soi Phet): ‘’I’d only ridden him once before (a seventh-place finish in the Grade II San Diego Handicap July 26, 2014 at Del Mar) and he stumbled coming out of there and lost all chance that day. I think I was more concerned today than he was. He gave me a real nice finish and was actually well within himself at the end.’’

Trainer Quotes

LEONARD POWELL (Winner, Soi Phet): “He’s a very good horse, extremely classy and it is an honor to be his trainer. He’s 8 and he knows his job. I have  trained him a little bit lighter the last couple of years. I’‘ve learned what I can get away with fitness wise. I don’t know what will be next. He tells me. I don’t tell him.’’

 

 

 

 

 

 

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