PATRICK VALENZUELA, COURAGEOUS CAT, Winner: “It was nice way to get the 100th stakes win because Bill Shoemaker, he was my idol. I just wanted my horse to relax, and that’s what he did. He relaxed perfectly behind the leader and settled nicely. I could have gotten him any time I wanted. I waited as long as I could and he kicked on for home. When that horse (Caracortado) came to him and he fought back. That horse was never going to get by him.”
JOE TALAMO, CARACORTADO, Second: “We had an absolutely perfect trip, just got outrun. I really thought I had the winner at the top of the stretch because I had a lot of horse turning for home. The other one just had a little bit more.”
MARTY WYGOD (CO-OWNER, BREEDER), COURAGEOUS CAT, Winner: “I’m looking for revenge (against Goldikova) in the Breeders’ Cup Mile. If you notice in all his races, he goes to his left lead right after he takes the lead. When somebody runs up to him, then he’ll start to do well again. You could see he wasn’t going to give it up today. I was pretty confident. He’s going back East now, I had to give Bill Mott my word that I wouldn’t keep him here. Pat Valenzuela is a great professional and we’ve tried to give him every chance he deserves. Coming back at his age with his spirit and drive, it’s a good thing to see him getting the job done.’’
MIKE MACHOWSKY, CARACORTADO, Second: “He ran his butt off. Joe (Talamo) had a perfect trip, so I can’t complain. He ran and he ran hard. We’ll run him next at Del Mar, but I’m not sure yet which race. ‘’
Notes: Valenzuela is the 10th rider to win at least 100 stakes races at Hollywood Park…It was the first Grade I victory for Valenzuela, 48, since he won the Del Mar Futurity last Sept. 8 aboard J P’s Gusto….His last Grade I win at Hollywood Park before Saturday was the Shoemaker Mile on Designed for Luck May 31, 2004…Mott’s last Grade I win at Hollywood Park was the 2008 Hollywood Derby with Court Vision.
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