Notes & Quotes From the Sweet Life Stakes at Santa Anita: Apache Princess

(Apache Princess winning the Sweet Life Stakes at Santa Anita on Sunday / Photo Courtesy of Santa Anita)

From the Santa Anita Media Team:

OCKEY QUOTES

KENT DESORMEAUX, APACHE PRINCESS, WINNER: “Not at all confident, Keith called and we had a long discussion about it, he decided we would stay in and I thought the end result worked out very well…
In regards to Apache Princess’ last race on  1/21/2019 and today dropping his whip .., I had already asked her and encouraged her for the best, I encouraged her three times and I was underhanded and when I tried to raise it, it just went towards the earth. That’s embarrassing, but (it’s) the second time I’ve done that with her and she’s won the race for me,” said Kent.  “She proves that she doesn’t need it, she just needs encouragement with my mouth.  If I kiss at her, shake the reins at her, throw crosses and she continues.

“I think its camera angle a lot of times people tell me wow you were out in front why did you take back…well I wasn’t especially seven eighths,  it always looks like the one is way in front but its terrible camera angle, I thought we all broke head-in-head, Rafael (Bejarano), I looked over and he wanted to lead and I just didn’t ask her to do anything and she ended up camping outright behind him, We started racing at the Three in a half and she beat him.

TRAINER QUOTES

          KEITH DESORMEAUX, APACHE PRINCESS WINNER:”I picked this (whip) up off the track for you… Thanks for the ride.”

 

I was absolutely dancing into the Winner’s Circle. It was so exciting and Joel has been like one of my kids ever since he came from Bay Meadows. We tease each other a lot. We greet each other by grunting and everybody looks at us like, ‘what’s that all about’ but we’ve been doing it for years. So it’s wonderful to win with him. The owners are great people that really deserve something like this.

“This horse seems like he’s more adept at seven furlongs to a mile so I’m not sure he wants a mile and a quarter …

“I could tell my horse had won, but I was so excited in the stretch I thought I was gonna pass out.

“We are very happy with the way our horse had trained for this race, but it’s always scary when you get a look at those Baffert ‘Maseratis’, it pretty much unfolded the way we had hoped.

“The people that own this horse, they’ve got this colt a seven furlong-miler type maybe time will tell differently, but the other colt they are focusing on him going the two turns.”

JEFF BONDE, SPARKY VILLE, WINNER

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