Jockey talk

May 19, 2002

Victor Espinoza, War Emblem: "When we broke from the gate, we were bumped a little bit, but I wasn't worried. I was focused on my horse."

Richard Migliore, Magic Weisner: "He tried so hard. I had a really good trip. ... I think if he would have changed leads going into the backstretch and going into the stretch a little bit better than he did, we would have caught the winner."

Mike Smith, Proud Citizen: "We had a real big chance. There were two things that, I think, really cost me. First, the break. I got off a step to the side. Then, I was hoping Booklet would keep War Emblem inside, but instead, he pushed me seven-wide around the turn. It's hard to make up ground on this track when that happens."

Edgar Prado, Harlan's Holiday: "Everybody went to the lead. I was about six lengths back and moved up four-wide on the turn. At the 3/16ths pole he moved up like he was going to do something and he just flattened out in the last 16th of a mile."

Donnie Meche, Easyfromthegitgo: "I had a perfect trip. A ground-saving, perfect trip. A horse moved up on the outside and made me sit a little longer than I wanted, but he had a perfect trip and finished up good and got beat about four lengths."

Kent Desormeaux, USS Tinosa: "I had a really terrible trip. I mean a really terrible trip."

Chris McCarron, Crimson Hero: "He never picked his feet up. He broke slow and ran slow."

Jerry Bailey, Medaglia d'Oro: "He had a good position. I just didn't have any horse when I needed it."

Robby Albarado, Straight Gin: "He ran good and had a good trip, but he took a funny step and flattened out at the end."

Mario Pino, Menacing Dennis: "I was kind of happy with the way he ran. He broke sharp, really sharp. We went a long way with him. He should win some very nice races when he gets a little more seasoning."

Gary Stevens, Table Limit: "I really don't have much to say. I got banged up pretty bad on the first turn. He just never did much after that."

Pat Day, Booklet: "My horse broke sharp. Magic Weisner outfooted me to the inside and I had to go out a bit. I was still in good shape, though, until Richard [Migliore] floated us out on the turn a bit when he went after War Emblem. At the 5/8ths pole I was out of horse."

Ramon Dominguez, Equality: "He broke a little awkward. I hit him on the shoulder and he picked up a little bit, but I really didn't have any horse on the backside."

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