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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