MARTIN GARCIA, ELLAFITZ, Winner: “I wanted to let her set her own pace and she relaxed real nice. When I asked her to go, she just kicked. It was pretty easy. Every single time when she has some time off she improves. When she’s ready to come back, she let’s you know. I’ve been on her in the mornings and let’s just say I loved the way she was working.”
JOEL ROSARIO, MISS MITTAGONG, Second: “My filly ran well, but the winner just got an easy lead and was galloping away on the front end. I never had a chance to go get her. The winner was very impressive, but my horse also ran a good race.’’
BOB BAFFERT, ELLAFITZ, Winner: “The owner’s name is Ella (Sivage) and I told her there’s a horse we need to buy and she loved this horse because her name was Ellafitz. We paid in the low six-figures for her. She’s had little things that bothered her, but she’s getting better with age. She’s been really working well and we couldn’t find a race for her, that’s why she’s had a lot of time off. I’ve been trying to find an allowance race for her but it wouldn’t fill. Then she worked a great (seven furlongs in 1:24 Nov. 28 at Santa Anita) and then I said, “You know what, I’m going to run her in the Bayakoa if she’s doing that well. I think this race may have been her best by far.”
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