VICTOR ESPINOZA, ZARDANA, Winner: “The first time I rode her it was tough on me. She really got into the bridle. After the second time, I figured out how she really likes to run. Now I know how to control the reins on her…it’s all in the hands with some horses. She likes to run free or she gets angry. I thought today would be her day and that she would run big in this race. She’s great right now.”
JOHN SHIRREFFS, ZARDANA, Winner: “She’s really adjusted well training on this track. She’s getting a little better…she can pull if she wants to. Her workouts have been good — she’s worked really well here. She won three races on the dirt in Brazil. We’ve been thinking of running her on the dirt since we got back here. It seemed like the thing to do.”
NOTE: John Shirreffs has saddled a record five winners of the Bayakoa. He also won with Manistique (1998-99), Starrer (2002) and Hollywood Story (2004) . . . Jockey Victor Espinoza has four Bayakoa wins, also clicking with Star Parade (2003), Hollywood Story and Foxysox (2006).
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