$101,000 Willard L. Proctor Memorial Stakes - 50th Running - 5 ½ Furlongs

Jockey and Trainer Quotes
Posted 06.15.13 at 5:57

Jockey Quotes

RAFAEL BEJARANO, KOBE’S BACK, Winner: “It was unbelievable. This horse is something else. He was standing good in the gate but he kind of jumped when it opened. I worked him twice from the gate and he never did that before. The last time he broke so fast, I thought I was going to be two lengths in front today on an easy lead. The way he ran today, I think he can come from behind, too.”

MARTIN PEDROZA, WILLIE B AWESOME, Second: “(Trainer Walther) Solis’ other horse (Time for a Hug) let me through on the turn, but I really didn’t want to make the lead too soon because he pulls himself up. But when the hole opened, I had no choice but to go.”

EDWIN MALDONADO, SOLID WAGER, Third: “He was wide into the stretch, but he tried hard and I thought he ran well.”

Trainer/ Owner Quotes

JOHN SADLER, KOBE’S BACK, Winner: “He had shown a lot in the morning, so I wasn’t overly concerned after the break. We never let him run in the morning but we knew it was there. He showed it without having a fast work. I knew he’d be finishing. It was a little bit of a difficult decision to run him from the inside post. If he had drawn the outside post, it would have been Katy bar the door. Usually when they’re this expensive ($480,000), you wait a little bit longer to start him, but he came out of the sale in good shape. We thought he was a real good horse when we bought him and he showed it today.”

LEE SEARING (C R K Stable), KOBE’S BACK, Owner: “We’re Laker fans and I actually think Kobe Bryant is one of the greatest athletes ever. I’ve been going for 17 years watching him play. We have all these 2-year-olds, so after Kobe got hurt, I said I know he’s coming back, so we came up with Kobe’s Back. I don’t know Kobe, but the bottom line is I’ve admired him every day he’s played basketball.”

WALTHER SOLIS, WILLIE B AWESOME, Second: “It looked good for a while, but I thought he ran well. He got through and may have been waiting on horses.”

PETER MILLER, SOLID WAGER, Third: “He tried hard and ran OK. He has room for improvement.”

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