RAFAEL BEJARANO, TUSCAN EVENING, Winner: “Unbelievable. This mare improves alot every time. I knew the three (Forever Together) was going to be a tough horse, but my mare tries so hard, she wasn’t going to let the other horse take the race. I was supposed to be on the lead, but when I saw the eight (Cat by the Tale) go to the front I just got my mare to relax. I rode her the last six or seven times and I knew she could do anything, go to the lead or come from behind. I was looking for Forever Together and I waited as long as I could. I just hit her a couple of times and when she saw that other mare coming, she really dug in. I thought I had a lot of horse left at the end.”
RAJIV MARAGH, FOREVER TOGETHER, Second: “My mare ran as hard as she could. She left everything on the track. It was just a tough horse race. I have to give a lot of credit to the winner because my mare is a true champion and every time I came at her she found extra. I had the ideal trip. Both mares ran awesome.”
JERRY HOLLENDORFER, TUSCAN EVENING, Winner: “We couldn’t ask her to do more than she did today. We thought we would be on the lead, but I talked to Rafael about it and we agreed that if someone did something different we would adjust, and he adjusted perfectly. I was hoping she could hold the other mare off. I’m very proud of her…she’s very game. It was just what the doctor ordered. I don’t think she has a best distance. She does what she has to do. She’s got a tremendous heart, a tremendous kick and a rider that fits her perfectly.”
JONATHAN SHEPPARD, FOREVER TOGETHER, Second: “I’m really delighted. I thought she ran real well. I thought she was very game. It’s hard to run down speed at this track, but she gave it a good try.”
Notes: Bejarano has won eight of nine in tandem with Tuscan Evening. His only loss with the mare was a runner-up finish behind the now retired Ventura in the Matriarch last Nov. 28 at Hollywood Park…Hollendorfer leads all trainers at the current meet with three stakes wins….Tuscan Evening went over $1 million in earnings with the victory. Her bankroll stands at $1,049,408.
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