SAN ANTONIO STAKES QUOTES – TUESDAY, DEC. 26, 2017 – Santa Anita Park

JOCKEYQUOTES

GARYSTEVENS,GIANTEXPECTATIONS,WINNER:Itlookedlikeweweregoingtoseeasub-23firstquarter,andwecoveredthefirstquarterin24andchangeandthehalfatalmost50,andtheracewasprettymuchover。

Hesgotagreatturnoffootthelastquartermile,anditwasalotoffun。

Hesareallygoodcolt。

IdontthinkpeopleknewhowgoodhisBreedersCupracewasheabsolutelygotleftatthestart,andhedidntlikethedirtgettingkickedinhisface。

Hewasreallytheonlyhorsethatclosedanygroundatallthatday。

Hescomebackandworkedbrilliant。

IhaventsatonhimsincetheBreedersCup。

IwaspleasantlysurprisedattheopeningfractionsIthoughtIwasgoingtohavetousehimprettygood,butmyplanwastoputhimontheleadorclosetoit。

Ijustdidntwanttohavedirtinhisface。

Ihadabigsmileonmyfacegoingaroundthefirstturntheracewaswongoingintothatfirstturn。

MIKESMITH,COLLECTED,THIRD:Itwasabadride?

Itwasmyfault。

Islippedleavingthegate。

Weshouldhavebeenonthelead。

Thentheyweregoingtooslowandwecouldntgetthereintheend。

TRAINERQUOTES

PETEREURTON,GIANTEXPECTATIONS,WINNER:Askedifhewassurprisedtobeonthelead:WhenIsaw49andchange(forahalfmile)Iwasntsurprisedatthatpoint,becauseheisaveryfasthorse。

Youcanseethatbythewayheworks,butheneedstogetoutofthegate,whichhedidtoday。

Hewasalittletightbuthe(GaryStevens)kindofsenthimawayfromthereandthenextthingyouitwas24(24。

69)forthequartermile)and49(49。

19forthehalf)anditwasgameover。

Hesjustanamazinghorsewhoneedshiskindofrace。

Idontknow(whatracemightbenext)。

Imjustgoingtoenjoythis。

Werenotnominatedtoanything。

BOBBAFFERT,COLLECTED,THIRD,ANDHOPPERTUNITY,FOURTH:We(Collected)shouldhavebeenontheleadandtheotherhorse(Hoppertunity)wastooclose。



NOTES:ThewinningownersareExline-BorderRacingLLC,GattoRacingLLCorZubek。




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