$100,000 Wilshire Handicap - Grade III - 51st Running - 1 Mile (Turf)

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Posted 04.29.12 at 5:55

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MARIO GUTIERREZ, QUIET OASIS, Winner: “The race went exactly like we thought. He (trainer Ben Cecil) told me to break out of there and try to get her to relax. Actually, she was pretty easy to ride today. She relaxed really well and we got the job done.”

MIKE SMITH, NEREID, Fourth: “Naturally I would have loved to win, but she ran dynamite. Coming off a layoff she ran great. She’ll improve.”

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$125,000 - Tiznow Stakes - 10th Running - 7 1/2 Furlongs

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Posted 04.28.12 at 6:12

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RAFAEL BEJARANO, MOBILIZED, Winner: My horse doesn’t have a good acceleration from the gate but I was just hoping to break good and go nice and easy with him. At the three-eighths another horse came over and knocked the whip out of my hand. I didn’t see who did it, but he was flying and much the best today. He likes this track a lot.”

JOEL ROSARIO, ITALIAN RULES, Second: “He just stumbled. When he broke out of the gate he stumbled and then took a lot of time to get back into it. Sometimes that happens. The winner was very impressive. We probably wouldn’t have beaten him anyway, but it would have been closer.”

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$300,000 - Snow Chief Stakes - 19th Running - 1 1/8 Miles

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Posted 04.28.12 at 5:54

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RAFAELA BEJARANO, UNUSUAL HEATWAVE, Winner: “It was a good trip. I followed the favorite (Stoney Fleece) the whole way and stayed out of trouble. He was much the best today. At the beginning, it didn’t look like he wanted to go, but at the half mile pole he really picked it up. I was waiting for the favorite to move by the three eighths and I decided to wait a little more until I came to the stretch. As soon as we straightened away I let him run and he took off.”

JOEL ROSARIO, STONEY FLEECE, Second: “A couple of seconds today. I guess that’s just the way it goes sometimes. I was in a good spot and I thought he had a good chance to win, but the other horse came from behind and got me. It was a great race and both horses ran well.”

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$288,000 - Melair Stakes - 17th Running - 1 1/8 Miles

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Posted 04.28.12 at 4:57

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MARTIN PEDROZA, WILLA B AWESOME, Winner: “I’ve been riding for years and if I have something broken and if I can ride, you know me, I do it. I could have ridden if I had two broken ribs, but I had four. It doesn’t bother me, you’ve seen me ride. The doctor said ‘Two weeks and then it’s up to you. There’s nothing anybody can do about it, they’re going to heal on their own. If it was anything else, collar bone, finger, then I can’t ride. I’ve got a flak jacket on and a bandage underneath. The first one I rode back, I had the bandage too tight and I couldn’t breath. Thank goodness I found out (about it being too tight), before I rode the other one. The doctor said to try to keep the ribs so they don’t move. The first horse I worked when I came back, I actually felt my ribs move. That’s when I adjusted the bandage a littler higher. I wasn’t going to let that other horse get away, because I believe in my filly. I figured that other filly (Starry Skies), she’s two for two and I can’t let her get away because she might hang in there tough and beat me at the end. I got side by side with her to make her do a little something. The other filly hung in pretty tough, I’ll give her credit.”

JOEL ROSARIO, STARRY SKIES, Second: “She put in a good race for her first time going long. Even though she got beat like that, really close, she ran great. She’ll be better the next time she goes long.’’

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$125,000 B. Thoughtful Stakes - 16th Running - 7 ½ Furlongs

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Posted 04.28.12 at 3:02

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RAFAEL BEJARANO, WARREN’S JITTERBUG, Winner: “She broke well and was moving really well. I tried to save a little ground to the turn. When we got to the stretch I tried to break clear with her and she did. I thought I was going to win easier than I did, but when she was in front by herself, she felt like she was waiting on the other horses. That’s why I had to hit her a little bit inside the sixteenth pole. As soon as she felt the other horse (Going for a Spin) getting close my horse kept running and was pulling away again at the end.”

DAVID FLORES, GOING FOR A SPIN, Second: “The winner got the jump on us on the turn. She was about a length in front of us the whole way. I could never get it going until real late. I guess positioning means a lot sometimes.”

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JORGE GUTIERREZ, WARREN’S JITTERBUG, Winner: “She runs great after layoffs. I thought she’d be a lot farther behind, but even though they were doing a lot of work up there, she was only six or seven lengths. This will set her up perfectly for the rest of the summer. If everything goes well and she comes out of this good, we’ll have fun with her. We’ll go for two-turns on grass next. I loved her today. I talked to Bejarano’s agent (Joe Ferrer) and I told him I’d wait for him just in case he didn’t have a mount. He told me he’d ride her and asked if she was ready and I told him I thought she had a big chance. It worked out perfect.”

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$72,350 - Harry Henson Stakes - 60th Running - 6 Furlongs

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Posted 04.26.12 at 4:53

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RAFAEL BEJARANO, AMERICAN ACT, Winner: “He was fine in the beginning. I was right behind all the speed and just following everybody. He wasn’t doing anything wrong. At the three-eighths he changed leads, but before he came to the stretch he changed his leads back and tried to go straight. There wasn’t anything I could do. Soon as he got to the stretch he took off again and I could feel my horse coming back and getting into the race. He felt OK and I decided to go on with him. It was the first time he was in the outside position and I think he was just scared a little bit.”

MARIO GUTIERREZ, SENOR RAIN, Second: “My horse, he ran his race. I kind of saw that other horse (American Act) coming but it was hard to tell because he was way on the outside. It takes a nice horse to do what he did and still win.”

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$84,500 On Trust Handicap - 27th Running - 7 ½ Furlongs

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Posted 12.18.11 at 4:34

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JOE TALAMO, MENSA HEAT, Winner: “He just wasn’t himself in his last race. He was done at the five-eighths pole. Thankfully they found out what was wrong with him. They let me work him a couple of times, so I knew he was doing so well. He was so fresh today. I knew they were going along pretty good and he was just tugging me along. Congratulations to the connections. They claimed him for $25,000 and they’ve managed him so well. He’s so confident right now, it seems like he can do whatever he wants.”

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$85,800 Cat’s Cradle Handicap - 15th Running - 7 1/2 Furlongs

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Posted 12.11.11 at 3:52

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JOEL ROSARIO, TIZ FLIRTATIOUS, Winner: “She’s easy to ride and she’s a nice filly, too. I think when she goes longer, she could be even better. She really can do anything. She can come from a little bit off the pace or close to the pace, whatever she wants to do. She looked good today. I think she’s going to be a real good one.”

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MARTY JONES, TIZ FLIRTATIOUS, Winner: “She had a good trip, but she makes her own luck. She’s professional in everything she does. You could see today she was more focused. We’ll possibly go now in the ($300,000 Grade I) La Brea (Stakes Dec. 31 at Santa Anita) or ($150,000 Grade II) La Canada (Stakes Jan. 22). We’ll see. She’s a big filly and it took her a long time to come into herself. We had to stop and go with her because she was so big. Once she finally seemed to mature, you could see coming into her first race she was something nice. Six furlongs was really too short for her first time, but she just won on raw ability.”

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