JOEL ROSARIO, ZAZU, Winner: “It was pretty tight down on the inside, but (David Flores on Wallstreeter) left the rail open enough for me to get through. She’s been doing much better lately, working real well in the morning. We’re not surprised she ran the way she did. I was able to keep my eye on Plum Pretty the whole race because I knew she was the one to beat. I waited on the inside until the last possible moment. I saw the hole open and I took it from there. If (Flores) didn’t move out a little, I would have had to go around.”
MARTIN GARCIA, PLUM PRETTY, Second: “I didn’t mind letting the other horse (Wallstreeter) go because my horse was nice and quiet and relaxed on the outside. I never thought about trying to keep the winner down inside because I saw that the rail was opening up. My filly fired okay, but she just got a little tired.”
JOHN SADLER, ZAZU, Winner: “She ran really well in the Kentucky Oaks, the winner just got a little better trip. It was a big field over there and she got kind of jostled around on the first turn. She was on her home court and her home base today, so that helps. It was just a beautiful ride by Joel (Rosario). He cut the corner on the turn and probably that was the difference. With a bigger field you might get more pace, but with a smaller field there’s probably less traffic. Those are the tradeoffs you get. I left it up to Joel. I said you’re going to have to make some choices. Maybe you want to move on her a little bit earlier or maybe you want to sit behind and try to swoop her. I said those are your calls, you’ve got to decide what to do on tactics. He made all the right choices today. Don’t know what’s next. We go to a lot of turf races for fillies in Southern California, so we’ll have to talk about that.’’
BOB BAFFERT, PLUM PRETTY, Second: “She ran well. She got beat by a nice filly. I think (Martin Garcia) thought that she (Zazu) was going to get stopped on the rail. She just got a little tired at the end. My filly just doesn’t have the kick, but now we know she can handle the synthetic.”
Notes: Sadler became the second trainer to win the Hollywood Oaks in consecutive years. Sadler, who won the race in 2010 with Switch, joins Charlie Whittingham, who went back-to-back with Turkish Trousers in 1971 and Pallisima in 1972.
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