$245,000 Melair Stakes - 18th Running - 1 1/16 Miles

Jockey and Trainer Quotes
Posted 04.27.13 at 3:52

Jockey Quotes

RAFAEL BEJARANO, DOINGHARDTIMEAGAIN, Winner: “I had a good trip. They went a little slow the first part and I was hoping they would pick it up down the backstretch. Nobody was really making a move by the half mile so I decided to make a little move to put some pressure on. I really thought (Sweet Marini) should have beaten me because she was going so slow. But my filly is a real professional. I’m just glad I moved when I did.’’

JOE TALAMO, SWEET MARINI, Second: “I had an absolutely perfect trip, no excuses. She just got outrun. The fractions (:24.11 and 48.10 for a half-mile) were just what we were looking for. It was only the third start of her career and first time going long so I’m definitely not down on her. The horse that beat her is a nice filly.’’

EDWIN MALDONADO, UNUSUAL WAY, Third: “My filly’s best races have been when she’s in front. We were in a good position, but we were going too slow and that put us at a disadvantage. Everything worked out best for the winner.”

Trainer Quotes

JERRY HOLLENDORFER, DOINGHARDTIMEAGAIN, Winner: “Very nice effort. She was placed in a nice spot and was able to close down on (Sweet Marini). We had a good trip, we got lucky and won it. At this point, I don’t know what her best distance is. It looks like she can run any distance. We’ll look at some options and go from there.”

MIKE MARLOW (Asst. trainer Bob Baffert), SWEET MARINI, Second: “I thought she ran well. She’s got a nice future. First time going long today she probably just got beat by a better horse. Her last race was a disaster, but I was really happy with her race today. (Jockey) Joe (Talamo) did a great job. A lot of times when horses come up to you on the turn, a lot of horses don’t respond like she did. He asked her and she was right there. I liked that.”

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