Notes & Quotes From the G2 San Clemente Stakes: Mucho Unusual

(Mucho Unusual wins the G2 San Clemente Stakes at Del Mar on Saturday /  Benoit Photo & Courtesy of Del Mar)

From the Del Mar Media Team:

JOEL ROSARIO (Mucho Unusual, winner) – “She just didn’t show me a lot (of speed) early, so I let her do her thing away from there. On the backside, she wanted to go, so we went after them. Turning for home I thought about going down inside, but she was making up ground and I didn’t want to chance it. She had that nice acceleration through the stretch and we got it.  I love it here at Del Mar.“ (The rider forsook his usual riding post at Saratoga to ride today at Del Mar. In the process, he missed a dark day at The Spa because of excessive heat and won both graded stakes at Del Mar.)

KENT DESORMEAUX (Apache Princess, second) – “I was on a nice horse and I moved too soon. It’s on me.”

ALONSO QUINONEZ (Over Emphasize, third) – “She put in a good try.”

TIM YAKTEEN (Mucho Unusual, winner) – “I left it (race tactics) up to Joel, but I was just as surprised as everybody else that she was as far back as she was. She was doing really well and I conveyed that to Joel in the paddock. We’re really pleased with her effort. Things have been going according to plan and this is one industry where that doesn’t often happen. The prep race at Santa Anita set her up well for this and this should set her up well for the (Del Mar) Oaks.”


The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds

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