Author: Wynn Elliott

Quotes From The $200,000 Shakertown (G2)

Keeneland Press Release Julio Garcia (rider of Bound for Nowhere) “Wesley Ward gave me good instructions. I followed the 11 horse and waited for the straight, and the horse responded very good.” Fernando De La Cruz (rider of runner-up Bucchero) “He (broke) well. I got him in the right position, right where the trainer (Tim Glyshaw0 wanted him. I just got stuck behind two or three lengths, but coming down the home (stretch) we just took off.” Irad Ortiz (rider of third-place finisher Disco Partner) “I got a good trip into the turn. One (horse) stopped right in front of me so I had to check a little bit and go back in. I didn’t want to lose all that ground around the turn. He did well coming from a layoff – he’ll be all right. He made up some ground so I’m happy. I just tried to ride my race and forget everyone else; I’ve got a nice horse. I tried to ride my horse and take care of him, and at the same time try to win the race, but it didn’t come out like that. Next time.” Jose Lezcano (rider of fourth-place finisher Commute) “I got a very good trip. He got nervous inside the gate it took a long time over there. But I still got a very good trip. He just got a little...

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Quotes From The $250,000 Commonwealth (G3)

Keeneland Press Release     Luis Contreras (winning rider) “I got a really good trip and the horse helped me every step of the race. I had a horse coming inside of me – I just tried to keep my horse pretty confident and keep my spot. He gave me everything in the stretch.” Corey Lanerie (rider of Limousine Liberal) “I had a good trip. He broke a little slow, I was hoping to be sitting third on the outside, stalking, but he still put me in a good spot. I was sitting loaded the whole way. About the three-eighths pole, it opened up for me and I had the perfect trip. He might of gotten a little tired – he fought hard to try and get up. They actually passed him and he tried to get back up and get them.” Brian Hernandez Jr. (rider of third-place finisher Awesome Saturday) “We were third. Unfortunately, we thought we were winning turning for horse. My horse, he ran his race; he just got outgamed today.” Jose Lezcano (rider of fourth-place finisher Behavioral Bias) “He broke very good. At the half-mile pole I asked him and he tried the whole way home, but I think he got intimidated the whole way too. He put a nice run in and ran pretty well. When he got inside, he just got intimidated by...

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Jockey Jose Ferrer To Be Awarded Coveted George Woolf Memorial Award Trophy Sunday, April 15 At Santa Anita

Santa Anita Press Release ARCADIA, Calif. (April 6, 2018)–Jockey Jose Ferrer, a mainstay on the eastern seaboard dating back to 1982, will be on-hand at Santa Anita on Sunday, April 15 to receive the 2018 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award in a Winner’s Circle ceremony between races. Ferrer, 54, outpolled fellow riders Alex Birzer, Javier Castellano, Rodney Prescott and Joe Talamo in winning the 69th Woolf Award, which was instituted by Santa Anita in 1950 to honor those riders whose careers and personal character bring credit not only to themselves, but to the sport of Thoroughbred racing. Born March 31, 1964, Ferrer is a proponent of the power of positive thinking and views each day as a God-given opportunity to contribute to a sport that has provided him a magnificent career.  With more than 4,200 wins to his credit, Ferrer is currently based at Tampa Bay Downs.  Second in the rider standings this past summer at Monmouth Park, Ferrer has rebounded from serious injuries sustained in a spill at Delaware Park in September. The 2018 Woolf Award Trophy is a replica of the life-sized statue that adorns Santa Anita’s Paddock Gardens area.  The Woolf Award memorializes one of the greatest “big money” riders of all time, George Woolf, who died the morning after a spill on Santa Anita’s Club House turn on Jan. 3, 1946. Share this:PrintFacebookTwitterGoogleLinkedInTumblrPinterestRedditLike this:Like...

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Quotes From The $150,000 Kentucky Utilities Transylvania (G3)

Keeneland Press Release Jose Ortiz (winning rider) “Chad drew (a plan) perfect for me. He said hopefully two or three horses would go and you can sit tight, third or fourth. And that’s what I did. (Analyze It) relaxed very well. The fast pace helped me a lot. When I asked him to go, he went so well, so smooth. He’s a really, really nice horse.” Florent Geroux (rider of runner-up Captivating Moon) “I had a good trip. My horse likes to sit back and make one run. We were on the outside so we had a nice clear run. It looks like the winner is a very nice horse.” Luis Saez (rider of third-place finisher Admiralty Pier) “He tried pretty hard. He got a good break, and was right there. I was in behind the winner and I knew he was going to take me there. When we came to the stretch, I thought we going to beat (Analyze It), but then he just took off.” James Graham (rider of fourth-place finisher Dragon Drew) “I had a great trip. A longshot (Beer Pressure) went out there on the lead and wore himself out. I was a longshot myself, but we turned for home and the winner quickened twice. I quickened once and I needed to quicken twice. And my horse is still learning. He’s still a big baby. He ran...

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Pincay Mounts Up For The First Time In Fifteen Years

By Ed Golden (Santa Anita Stable Notes) After more than 48,000 career mounts and a record 9,530 victories, Laffit Pincay, Jr. called it a career in April 2003, following a broken neck sustained in a spill coming down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course.  Thoroughbred racing’s winningest rider at the time of his retirement, the incomparable Pincay was and is regarded by many as the greatest jockey of all-time. Fast forward to April 5, 2018, at 7:35 a.m., Pincay was on-hand in the Santa Anita Walking Ring to do a “walk and talk” interview with Elizabeth Espinosa of the KTLA Morning News.  In the pre-broadcast routine of getting acquainted, it was suggested that Pincay get a leg up on a retired Thoroughbred named Freckles from the Matt Chew stable. As he showed Espinosa how to take a mane hold and the importance of keeping one’s hands low on a horse’s neck, the legendary Pincay turned and said, “You know, this is the first horse I’ve been on since I retired.” A winner of six Eclipse Awards, a member of the Hall of Fame since 1975, a 14-time leading rider at Santa Anita’s prestigious Winter/Spring Meeting, a winner of a record 138 races at the 1970-71 stand, seven Santa Anita Derbies, a Kentucky Derby, three Belmonts, seven Breeders’ Cup races  and a dominant force in America from 1966 up until his...

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