SANTA MARGARITA STAKES QUOTES – SATURDAY MARCH 19, 2016

first_imgGARY STEVENS, TARIS, SECOND: “I was really happy with the race. She settled nicely for me and I was surprised when Tara’s Tango ran by me. When I turned into the stretch, she switched over to her right lead and she kicked. As you could see I was giving her a nice hand ride and when I saw that grey head come up I said, ‘really?!’“It’s funny because it felt like 1:48 and change; it didn’t feel like 1:50.00. I thought it was nice. She had such a good kick and she did kick, I just got outrun on the day, period.” NOTES: The winning owner is Barbara Banke of Stonestreet Farm in Lexington, Ky. RAFAEL BEJARANO, TARA’S TANGO, WINNER: “The blinkers made a big difference today, they helped me a lot from the gate. I was able to put my horse into position right away. I waited for the opportunity and when we got to the stretch, she gave me a big turn of foot and I knew I could beat the favorite.” JERRY HOLLENDORFER, TARA’S TANGO, WINNER: On her wearing blinkers for the first time: “When (Martin) won on her last time (in the Grade II Santa Maria Stakes on Feb. 13), he said she was running in spots and suggested the blinkers. They’re just small ones, but they helped. It was an exciting race and I’m very proud to get the Grade I for the owner (Stonestreet Stables). She got a good trip and showed a lot of heart running down the favorite.”Noted that Rafael Bejarano picked up the mount since Garcia committed to ride Cupid for Bob Baffert in today’s $900,000 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park, which he won, Hollendorfer said: “I’m glad for both of them. It worked out well, a win/win situation.” TRAINER QUOTEScenter_img BARBARA BANKE, OWNER/BREEDER OF TARA’S TANGO, WINNER: “We’ve always known she had a lot of ability, from when she won her first start at Del Mar (in July, 2014). Today, we knew she could get the distance and she just keeps trying and she never stops. This is very special; I’ve got my son, Christopher, and my nephew, Nick, here, and it’s been great.” JOCKEY QUOTES -30-last_img read more

FAVORED TOP OF THE GAME TAKES $58,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE BY 1 ½ LENGTHS UNDER DESORMEAUX; CERIN TRAINEE GETS 1 1/16 MILES IN A DRIVING RAIN IN 1:42.88

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 10, 2017)–Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, heavily favored Top of the Game withstood a driving rain to rally to a length and a half win in Friday’s $58,000 allowance feature at Santa Anita.  Owned by David and Holly Wilson and trained by Vladimir Cerin, Top of the Game got a mile and a sixteenth in 1:42.88 over a fast track.Fresh off a first condition allowance win here on a wet fast track Dec. 30, Top of the Game, a 4-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding by Desert Party, was off at even money in a field of five older horses and paid $4.00, $2.80 and $2.10.“They don’t call us mudbugs for nothin’,” joked Desormeaux, who sat a close third at the rail before moving to challenge pacesetter Got Even leaving the half mile pole.  “He ran like (last year’s Preakness winner and confirmed off track specialist) Exaggerator!”With today’s win, Top of the Game is now 11-3-1-1 and with the winner’s share of $34,800, he increased his earnings to $123,620.Ridden by Martin Pedroza, Got Even conceded reluctantly to the winner inside the furlong pole while running second, three quarters of a length in front of Hoffenheim.  Off at 3-1, Got Even paid $3.80 and $2.40.Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Hoffenheim rallied to finish 7 ¼ lengths in front of Bistraya.  Off at        3-1, Hoffenheim paid $2.20 to show.Fractions on the race were 24.35, 48.10, 1:11.91 and 1:36.41.First post time for a nine-race card on Saturday at Santa Anita is at 12:30 p.m.  Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more