$150,000 Hollywood Oaks - Grade II - 67th Running - 1 1/16 Miles

Jockey and Trainer Quotes
Posted 06.23.12 at 5:46

Jockey Quotes JOE TALAMO, POTESTA, Winner: “It was all the horse today. Eden’s Moon is a real nice filly so I knew I was going to need a lot of horse to get by. That’s why I waited longer than I wanted to. I figured it would pay off the last part, which it did. We just got up. She’s unbelievable. (Trainer) Mike (Mitchell) has done an unbelievable job with her. That was her third career start and she just beat a Grade I winner. When they can get headed and come back like that, that’s a real nice horse. I really think the sky’s the limit with her.”

RAFAEL BEJARANO, EDEN’S MOON, Second: “She broke really well. I thought I was going to win the race. She tried really hard. That horse who beat me won by 11 ½ lengths last time. I was waiting for her to come.”

JOEL ROSARIO, VIA VILLAGGIO, Third: “I was a little farther back than I wanted to be, but she was doing it on her own. I thought she ran well, she made up a lot of ground. The two in front of her are really nice and my filly wasn’t too far back of them.”

Trainer Quotes MIKE MITCHELL, POTESTA, Winner: “I told the owners (Anthony Fanticola and Joe Scardino) that I heard that this filly is a runner and they stood at the gate and bought her. Tony and Joe are just great, great guys. I had these owners years ago and I asked them about this horse and they said, ‘‘Where do we send her?’ She’s a gigantic filly, but very easy to train. She’s not a gorilla, she’s not hard on herself and she’s so professional in everything she does. A fun horse to train. I thought Joe (Talamo) gave her a million dollar ride.’’

BOB BAFFERT, EDEN’S MOON, Second: “She hasn’t trained over here. She ran pretty well. She made that little surge, but that other filly is a nice filly because she came right back at her. Those are two nice fillies. (Owner) Kaleem (Shah) was watching the race on his little Ipad. He called me just as they crossed the wire and wanted to know if she got up.”

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