$250,750 Triple Bend Handicap - Grade I - 62nd Running - 7 Furlongs

Jockey and Trainer Quotes
Posted 06.29.13 at 6:04

Jockey Quotes

VICTOR ESPINOZA, CENTRALINTELIGENCE, Winner: “He was ready today. He was ready to go. The race set up very well, the way I wanted it. I just saved his energy for the end and let him run when it was time. Last time I rode him he broke a little bit slow, so I came and worked him out of the gate the other day prior to this race. He performed to our expectations.

EDWIN MALDONADO, COMMA TO THE TOP, Second: “He ran huge. Going seven furlongs, I got him to relax beautifully and got a good run out of him.”

JULIEN LEPAROUX, MORNING LINE, Third: “He ran a big race. He had been out for a year and came back to run this well. Everything is good with him. We just need to work with his mind a bit and I’m sure he’ll go on to win many races.’’

Trainer Quotes

RON ELLIS, CENTRALINTELIGENCE (Winner) and RAIL TRIP (Fifth): “This is what we planned for all meet. It was nice that he put it all together for us on the right day. He ran so poorly in this race last year (sixth of seven) because he came out of it with a chip in his knee, so he certainly had a good excuse. He had surgery and they actually pulled two chips out of his right front. We’re going to skip (Del Mar). This year we’re going to point for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint. This was our test today to show if he was good enough to keep pace with some good sprinters. You won’t see him run again until the fall meet at Santa Anita. He deserves another chance at a mile, but I just don’t see when he’s going to get a chance to do it. Rail Trip ran fine. These horses don’t get allowance races to come back in anymore, so I’ve got to use the stakes schedule most of the time. We got a race under his belt. We’ll see how he comes out of it. We’ll probably point to the (Grade II, $200,000) San Diego (Handicap July 27 at Del Mar) with him.”

PETER MILLER, COMMA TO THE TOP, Second: “He ran his race. He’s a super horse but he had no excuses, just got outrun. Seven-eighths is probably not his optimum distance. We’ll cut him back to three-quarters in the (Grade I, $300,00) Bing Crosby (Stakes July 28 at Del Mar). He likes that race track.’’

RICHARD MANDELLA, JIMMY CREED, Eighth: “He was taking a step forward went they went to break it, then he took a step back. (Jockey) Gary (Stevens) said he got hung up and got off bad. He came back missing his left front shoe.”

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