14th Running of the $200,000 Melair Stakes (1 1/16 Miles)

Jockey and Trainer Quotes
Posted 04.25.09 at 4:46

Jockey Quotes

RAFAEL BEJARANO, PRETTY UNUSUAL, Winner: “After the first turn my horse was trying to pull me along, but I knew there was a lot of speed in the race so I was trying to get her to relax and follow the favorite (Beltene). I was right behind her and we made one big run when my filly hit the turn and she had an even bigger kick in the stretch.”

VICTOR ESPINOZA, CHALULA ONE, Second: “I just wanted to take my time. They were rolling on the lead and I figured the one chance I had was to just let her run at the end. She settled nice. It was her first race around two turns and it was a big race for her. Normally she gets very aggressive early, but she was nice and relaxed.”

Trainer Quotes

BARRY ABRAMS, PRETTY UNUSUAL, Winner: “I told you this was my next big horse. She’s got a lot of great potential. All her races on the synthetic were really good; the last race was a throw-out race because it was on the turf. This horse had the potential to be good, and she is. I don’t know what’s next. Set up a race next week and we’ll look for it.”

NOTE: The win was the fourth of the day for Rafael Bejarano, who combined with Barry Abrams to win the 2008 running when Bel Air Sizzle was placed first through disqualification.

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