Notes & Quotes From the G3 Sham Stakes: Life Is Good
(Life Is Good wins the G3 Sham Stakes / Photo Courtesy of Santa Anita)
From the Santa Anita Media Team:
MIKE SMITH, LIFE IS GOOD, WINNER: “It was his first time around two turns. He got away just a little slow, but he got up and of course he’s naturally just so quick, he was just up underneath himself. Just as we were heading toward home he was doing things all by himself so easy out there. He didn’t know what he was doing going twice around, and he just got the lead and was looking out at the infield on the big screen he could see himself, and he got to looking, but I was watching as well so I saw the horse coming on the outside. I didn’t want to panic, I just showed it to him a little bit. What I liked really was after the race, when I stood up and the horse got next to me he jumped back in the bridle and I mean I had to pull him up.
“He’s just very, very talented. We don’t know yet how talented. We haven’t gotten close yet.”
BOB BAFFERT, LIFE IS GOOD, WINNER: “Medina (Second) is a nice horse, he’s a good horse and I could tell that Mike was just cruising out there. It reminded me a lot of Authentic last year, when he did the same thing, he looked like a drunk out there coming down, he almost hit the rail and stuff. Just to get the two turns out of the way it’s big. I always feel that the second race is most important, you’re going up against winners. I think Mike did a great job just sort of cruising around there and it was just the kind of race we were looking for. They ran pretty fast, these are two good horses. It is so exciting he passed the two turn test.”
NOTES: Bob Baffert also sent out the second place finisher Medina Spirit. The winning owner is CHC, Inc. or WinStar Farm LLC.
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