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Eddie Read Stakes Quotes

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VICTOR ESPINOZA (The Usual Q.T.) -- "He's learned to relax; it's made all the difference for him. I was just sitting back there behind those front two (Acclamation and Enriched) and they were going in and out. I thought for a second (on the turn) I was going to go down inside, but then I decided I didn't have to. I went wide and he just drew out. I took a pretty good hold of him at the end. He was a winner. I didn't need to do anything more with him."

 

COREY NAKATANI (Victor's Cry) -- "The race didn't quite set up the way we wanted. We thought there'd be more pace in there. But he kicked for me at the end and I got through inside and fired. But the winner was gone. He's a nice horse."

 

JOEL ROSARIO (Enriched) -- "He ran good. The winner is a nice horse. But my horse ran well and we'll get them next time."

 

MIKE SMITH (Crowded House) -- "That pace wasn't what we expected here. I maybe should have been a little more aggressive with him and got up in the pocket. He might have done better with that."

 

CHRISTIAN SANTIAGO REYES (Acclamation) -- "He just got a little bit tired. He ran well, but got tired."

 

 

JIM CASSIDY (The Usual Q.T.) -- "He tries every single time. I didn't want Victor (Espinoza) to go inside [as they turned for home]. I didn't want to get the horse stopped. Victor was smart enough to see that and he just took a little hold and went outside. When he got in the clear, I looked back at the field and couldn't see anybody coming. If he doesn't have any horses next to him, he can relax and that's what he did today. I'll keep an eye on the weather in Chicago [for the Arlington Million]. I'm not going to run him there if the ground is bad. If that happens, we'll look at things here and consider the Del Mar Handicap [Sunday, August 29] or even the Pacific Classic [Saturday, August 28] on the Polytrack."

 

EOIN HARTY (Victor's Cry): "I think he ran a great race. The fractions were slower than I thought they would be. But I think I just got beat by the best horse."

 

 

The stakes win was the first at the meet for Victor Espinoza, but his 63rd overall at Del Mar. He now ranks eighth all time in stakes wins at the shore. It was also his second victory in the Eddie Read. The stakes win was the first at the meet for Jim Cassidy, but his sixth overall at Del Mar. It was his first in the Eddie Read.

 

The winner's final time of 1:47.28 means he ran his last eighth of a mile in an extremely rapid :11.14, despite being hard held late.

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