$300,000 Shoemaker Mile - Grade I - 69th Running - 1 Mile (Turf)

Jockey and Trainer Quotes
Posted 06.30.12 at 6:04

Jockey Quotes

GARRETT GOMEZ, JERANIMO, Winner: “This is a hard-trying horse. He and I get along pretty well. We had a good trip today. We just wound him up and made one little run with him. It was the right kind of race to do that. He’s been training really well. The guys have been doing a really good job with him. He actually ran a winning race last time but just had a little bad luck. I just let him find himself early on in the race and he came home like I thought he would.”

JOE TALAMO, SUGGESTIVE BOY, Second: “This is a serious horse. He definitely needed the race, coming off a layoff. But to do that in a Grade I like that, he’s going to be a real nice horse. Distance wise, he can run all day. He couldn’t have had a better trip. We tucked in right behind Martin (Garcia on Liberian Freighter) and on the turn when (Rafael) Bejarano (aboard Corporate Jungle) moved out, it gave us a perfect trip. If he moves forward off this, we could have some fun with him.’’

JOE BRAVO, LITTLE MIKE, Third: ”I felt a great horse underneath me during the race and great horses sometimes get beat. He ran a great race. How are you going to complain about this horse? All he does is win.”

Owner Quotes

B.J. WRIGHT (OWNER), JERANIMO, Winner: “(Trainer Mike) Pender’s in Europe. He and his wife took a vacation. Miguel and Ernesto, Pender’s key men, saddled the horse. We have the home field advantage now. This is a ‘Win and You’re In’ and the Breeders’ Cup is going to be held at Santa Anita. I like that home field advantage (for the BC Mile Nov. 3). And we have Gomez. It can’t get much better than that. He’s just a great race horse. He’s had some rides where the jockey didn’t know him well, but Garrett seems to ride him really well. We’re really happy with this jockey.”

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