Notes & Quotes from the G3 La Canada Stakes: Escape Clause

(Escape Clause wins the G3 La Canada Stakes at Santa Anita / Photo Courtesy of Santa Anita)

From the Santa Anita Media Team:


TYLER BAZE, ESCAPE CLAUSE, WINNER: “I had a beautiful trip, I wasn’t sure really what the other two (horses) were gonna do and they went and I just sat there and when I said, ‘GO,’ man… she took off with me. When she got the lead she kind of pulled up a little bit and she never really laid down and ran down the lane, so I don’t know how good she is.

“She cut there around the turn like it was unbelievable, really. Down the stretch, she was just galloping…I was hollering, ‘Come on mama, keep running!’ She’s amazing.

“I watched all of her replays and it’s just very impressive how easy she did it .and like she was down the lane today she just kind of got on the lead and there’s a whole lot left so, I just hope I get to ride her back and Don makes me one of her riders, it was fun.”


DON SCHNELL, ESCAPE CLAUSE, WINNER: “Well she was just built like a horse that was gonna grow up and hopefully be something. I know we bought other ones that hadn’t panned out, but this was one that just panned out and she is a nice filly.

“I use to say any time I got a good horse I’d like to come to Santa Anita and win a race, and then I went years without having a good horse and then all of a sudden I get one and I’ve got an option, but I want to come to Santa Anita I wanna come to Southern California and I’m glad I did now.

“I was disappointed in her last race here but Tyler, just seemed to suit her just perfect.”

NOTES: The winning owner is Don Schnell

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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