HONEYMOON STAKES QUOTES

first_imgBRICE BLANC, SPANISH QUEEN, WINNER: “She keeps improving. Richard has done a great job. He takes his time and he’s been trying to get her to settle down and take everything in. She’s getting more and more professional. She has so many gears, she has a good turn of foot and she puts me in good spots as well. She’s done everything well and she even seemed like she was a step better than her last race. She just needs to keep improving, she’s special.“She handled herself really well today, she’s a fireball though.“She helped me today. Ninety percent of horses wouldn’t have gone through that hole but she didn’t chicken out on me; she’s got a big heart and I was able to maneuver her.“I was loaded the whole way, she was galloping. I was just like ‘I hope something opens up because I could see (Richard) pulling out the rest of the hair that he does have!’“She’s just got it from the start. She’s professional, she loves racing, even when she started working. She’s getting better and better. NOTES: The owners are Harry Bederian, Harout Kamberian and Hagop Nakkashian TRAINER QUOTES RICHARD BALTAS, SPANISH QUEEN, WINNER: “She has a helluva turn of foot. Brice made a good move there at the top of the lane. I thought he was going to go around, which probably wouldn’t have mattered but he did make a helluva move there splitting horses.“She’s always breezed like a good horse. She just lowers herself and she gets it.“Brice has been on her every time to breeze her and I think she’s the kind of horse that needs the same person to get used to because she can be a little difficult.“I think maybe she’s just had more experience going farther. I thought last time out, that horse (Spirit of Xian) walked on the lead and she got pressured today which helped us out. She got an easy lead last out and we were tracking her that day.“We’ll just have to play it by ear. I wasn’t even planning on this race but I let the horse tell me what to do and she was begging me to go out there. If she comes out of the race good and she really wants to go, then maybe we go in the American Oaks, (Grade I, $400,000, 1 1/4 miles on turf May 30) because it looks like we’re the horse to beat. JOCKEY QUOTESlast_img read more

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AVANTI BELLO PREVAILS BY A NOSE UNDER BEJARANO TO WIN $150,000 TIZNOW STAKES; O’NEILL TRAINEE GETS FLAT MILE IN 1:35.30

first_imgRACE IS ONE OF FIVE CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH DAY STAKES FOR CAL-BRED OR SIRED RUNNERS ARCADIA, Calif. (May 28, 2016)–Trainer Doug O’Neill’s Avanti Bello, who easily dispatched heavily favored Songforjohnmichael turning for home, held off late charging Soi Phet by a nose to take Saturday’s $150,000 Tiznow Stakes at Santa Anita. Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Avanti Bello, a 4-year-old California-bred colt by Include, pressed the pace and sat just to the outside of the favorite throughout en route to a final clocking of 1:35.30 for one mile.“I knew Boozer and Songforjohnmichael were coming from shorter distances and were going to show more speed today,” said Bejarano. “I pretended to go to the lead to make the other horses go. They went and I found my position and waited as long as I could until the right moment. I knew that Soi Phet was going to come running in the end, so I wanted to save a little bit.“I thought we won. When we got to the stretch I still had a little horse (left) and he was fine.”Owned by Suarez, Keh, Richardson, Roberts and Wonderland Racing Stables, Avanti Bello, who is out of the Mizzen Mast mare Masterful Lass, came off a third place finish at 5-2 in the one mile Bertrando Stakes at Los Alamitos on April 16, but was dismissed at odds of 13-1 in the Tiznow and paid $28.80, $11.00 and $5.60.In garnering his first stakes victory, Avanti Bello picked up his fourth overall win from 13 starts. With the winner’s share of $90,000, he increased his earnings to $233,743.“Rafael thought he was like riding a bike a little in that you have to keep his mind on the game,” said O’Neill. “But, at the same time he’s a horse that is very tempting to shoot off to the lead early with because he has the gate speed. Rafael chose to sit in a reserved spot and when he called on him, he chirped at him he had saved enough for the end.”Last in the field of seven older California-bred or sired horses turning down the backside, Soi Phet pulled himself into a joint third mid-way around the far turn under Kent Desormeaux and just missed in a head bobbing finish.“Gallant effort, I thought I won. I thought I won,” said Desormeaux.Off at 5-1, Soi Phet finished 4 ¼ lengths clear of second choice Boozer and paid $5.60 and $4.40.Ridden by Edwin Maldonado, Boozer was a close second at the rail to Songforjohnmichael into the Club House turn, got shuffled back a bit to the half mile pole but couldn’t go with the top two the final eighth and finishing third, 2 ¾ lengths in front of the favorite.Off at 4-1, Boozer paid $3.20 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.96, 45.93, 1:10.20 and1:22.58.last_img read more

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