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.”

 

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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