$402,000 Hollywood Starlet - Grade I - 31st Running - 1 1/16 Miles

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Posted 12.10.11 at 4:32

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JOE TALAMO, KILLER GRACES, Winner: “We had an absolutely perfect trip. I followed (Charm the Maker) the whole way and just kind of did whatever (Garrett Gomez, Charm the Maker’s rider) did. She really likes this track. Her only bad races were at Del Mar. She’s just getting better and better and you can do anything with her. Last time she was in front and really ran a winning race. Today she sat back and I really thought on the turn I was going to win, but I knew Weemissfrankie would be coming. I’m glad she didn’t. She’s a really nice filly and I can’t wait until she’s three.”

GARRETT GOMEZ, CHARM THE MAKER, Second: “She placed herself well, not going too fast. I thought I would just let her do her own thing and not take too much away from her. I actually think she ran a better race than she did when she won (the Sharp Cat Stakes Nov. 13). What beat her today is when we turned for home, (Killer Graces) had a better turn of foot. I couldn’t quicken with her off the turn, but she stayed on well and kept to her task.”

RAFAEL BEJARANO, WEEMISSFRANKIE, Fourth: “She was standing so good in the gate, but for some reason she broke really, really bad. I was surprised because she never did that before. All I could do from there was to try to stay on the rail. She tried to get out really bad on the first turn. It was just too much for her to do. She finished up really well.”

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$150,000 Bayakoa Handicap - Grade II - 30th Running - 1 1/16 Miles

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Posted 12.04.11 at 3:55

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MARTIN GARCIA, ELLAFITZ, Winner: “I wanted to let her set her own pace and she relaxed real nice. When I asked her to go, she just kicked. It was pretty easy. Every single time when she has some time off she improves. When she’s ready to come back, she let’s you know. I’ve been on her in the mornings and let’s just say I loved the way she was working.”

JOEL ROSARIO, MISS MITTAGONG, Second: “My filly ran well, but the winner just got an easy lead and was galloping away on the front end. I never had a chance to go get her. The winner was very impressive, but my horse also ran a good race.’’

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BOB BAFFERT, ELLAFITZ, Winner: “The owner’s name is Ella (Sivage) and I told her there’s a horse we need to buy and she loved this horse because her name was Ellafitz. We paid in the low six-figures for her. She’s had little things that bothered her, but she’s getting better with age. She’s been really working well and we couldn’t find a race for her, that’s why she’s had a lot of time off. I’ve been trying to find an allowance race for her but it wouldn’t fill. Then she worked a great (seven furlongs in 1:24 Nov. 28 at Santa Anita) and then I said, “You know what, I’m going to run her in the Bayakoa if she’s doing that well. I think this race may have been her best by far.”

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$100,000 Native Diver Handicap - Grade III - 33rd Running - 1 1/8 Miles

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Posted 12.03.11 at 4:54

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GARRETT GOMEZ, KETTLE CORN, Winner: “I tried to put him a little closer today because there wasn’t a whole lot of speed. The horses in front were able to back it up a little bit and I was just trying to get him adapted to the situation. I lost him a little at the three-eighths when they quickened. I just had to wait on him and give him a little confidence. When I pointed him to the rail he was very game. In fact, he liked being down there. He just pinned his ears and went on with it.”

JOEL ROSARIO, TRES BORRACHOS, Second: “I thought I was in a good spot and he was traveling really nice. Turning for home I thought I had a lot of horse left. It took a great by the winner to beat us. I have to give a lot of credit to my horse. He ran a big race in the Breeders’ Cup and he gave me everything he had today. It was a tough decision (to take off Kettle Corn), but I still think I made the right choice. He just got beat, but that’s racing.”

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$250,000 Hollywood Derby - Grade I - 70th Running - 1 1/4 Miles (Turf)

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Posted 11.27.11 at 4:02

Sunday, November 27, 2011

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MARTIN PEDROZA, ULTIMATE EAGLE, Winner— “This is undoubtedly the best horse I’ve ever ridden. I thought Martial Law was, but this horse is better. He’s a younger version. This is just a beautiful horse to ride. People think he has to be on the lead, but he doesn’t. I wanted to be on the lead, but it wasn’t necessary. When he gets to the front he relaxes immediately. I was pretty confident and he came through like I thought he would.”

JAVIER CASTELLANO, IMAGINING, Second: “I am very pleased with the way he ran. He’s such a classy horse. He’s a game horse and he’s still learning. He’s a young horse and is just going to get better and better. I thought I was going to catch the other horse but he just couldn’t get by.

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$100,000 Generous Stakes - Grade III - 29th Running - 1 Mile (Turf)

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Posted 11.27.11 at 2:23

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JOEL ROSARIO, STONEY FLEECE, Winner: “It was a perfect trip. You couldn’t ask for anything better. I was just taking my time and hoped he had something when I asked him. He really likes the turf. He won his only other turf start when I rode him one race back. I thought there would be enough speed in here, but you never know until the gate opens. But it worked out perfect today.’’

MIKE SMITH, BATTLE FORCE, Third: “He ran well today. They went fast and he came running. That’s all you can ask. The experience should help him. I know he can run better than he did today.”

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$250,000 Citation Handicap Grade II - 34th Running - 1 1/16 Miles (Turf)

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Posted 11.26.11 at 4:51

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GARRETT GOMEZ, JERANIMO, Winner: -“He relaxed real well and found himself in a nice little spot. They weren’t going very fast, but he was real comfortable and traveling well. That’s the main concern with him. I was actually surprised the last couple of races that he showed that kind of speed. I was a little tempted, even with Bob Black Jack, to kind of ride him the way he’s been running the last couple of races, but then I decided to ride him the way he’s always been ridden. Even on the first turn I relinquished my spot and took him back one little notch. He settled in beautiful and it was just a matter of finding somewhere to go. When I showed him where to go he put it all together.’’

JOEL ROSARIO, WAR ELEMENT, Second: “He’s always slow out of the gate. I think it was a good race for him because Jeranimo ran a big race today. My horse is kind of one-paced so he might want to go farther, maybe a mile and one-eighth or a mile and one quarter. After he broke slow, I kept him close to the pace and kept him wide because as I said he’s one paced and I didn’t want to get him stopped on the inside.”

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$100,000 Vernon O. Underwood - Grade III - 31st Running - 6 Furlongs

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Posted 11.26.11 at 4:41

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JOEL ROSARIO, PACIFIC OCEAN, Winner: “This was the first time I’ve been on him. I was looking at the form and I saw that both (trainer Bob) Baffert horses had speed so I thought I would take him back a little. But he broke so well, I just let him go because I knew he ould run on the lead, too. Even though he was going fast, he was pretty relaxed. I tried to let him get away on the turn and he responded.”

MIKE SMITH, IRREFUTABLE, Second: “He settled really nice and ran a great race. The other horse just opened up and got away from everyone.”

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$250,000 Matriarch - Grade I - 30th Running - 1 Mile (Turf)

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Posted 11.25.11 at 4:53

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VICTOR ESPINOZA, STAR BILLING, Winner: “She runs pretty well at any track…except Keeneland. When I rode her last time there she didn’t handle the track at all. I knew you could just forget about that race. She was really unbelievable today. On the first turn, everybody started moving out, so I cut the corner without having to jerk her around or do too much with her. By the three-eighths pole I was following Summer Soiree. The jockey on Summer Soiree switched the whip to his left hand and I thought he might drift out, and that was my chance. When I got alongside the other horse, my filly got a little intimidated, but I hit her left-handed one time and she just took off. It worked out perfectly.”

GABRIEL SAEZ, SUMMER SOIREE, Second: “I got her to settle real well. The last eighth of a mile (Star Billing) kind of snuck through. I tried to open up a little bit on the turn, but these are good horses. She was trying to come back on. She galloped out very strongly.”

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JOHN SHIRREFFS, STAR BILLING, Winner: “She’s run really well on this course. The track was a little soft, a little loose for her at Keeneland (when she finished sixth in the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Oct. 15). She didn’t handle it very well. She hasn’t had things go her way a few times, but she’s obviously a really nice filly. I’ll have to talk to (owner) George (Krikorian) about where she’ll go next.”

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