VICTOR ESPINOZA, BIG KICK, WINNER: â€œI wanted to let him run out of there. I didnâ€™t want to rate him too much. I wanted to let him do it and he was doing it comfortably. I wanted to open up two or three lengths and it was so easy so I let him stretch his legs even more. We got to the three-eighths and it was time to open it up as much as I could. I thought that if I could open up from there they were all going to have a hard time catching me. It worked out. I was too far in front to be worried about (Quick Casablanca and Joe Talamo) and he still had plenty left and enough energy to get it done.
â€œItâ€™s been a fun and interesting month that Iâ€™ve had with a lot of ups and downs. But thatâ€™s life for a jockey, thatâ€™s why itâ€™s fun, you never know whatâ€™s going to happen. I just continue to work hard and ride hard and I just pay attention to my job.â€
JOE TALAMO, QUICK CASABLANCA, SECOND: â€œI had a great trip but I got outrun. (Big Kick) set his own pace and I just had to keep going with it. From the half-mile pole home I was trying to make up ground. I tip my hat to him, that horse was goinâ€™ for the distance, it was impressive.
â€œIt feels so good to win the riding title. Itâ€™s a lot of hard work and it just shows that can pay off. My agent Scotty (McClellan) has just always done an unbelievable job so I hope we can keep it going into Del Mar.â€
MIKE MACHOWSKY, BIG KICK, WINNER: â€œI just told Victor (Espinoza) to be aggressive away from there and try to get him to relax and it all worked out. Heâ€™s just a high-loping horse, he gets the lead and he kind of relaxes. Heâ€™ll go fast if you need him to, or you can slow him down like he did today.
â€œWhen he came by the wire the first time, I couldnâ€™t have been happier. His ears were flicking back and forth and Victor was sitting on him . . . I knew heâ€™d kick clear.â€
Next race? â€œIâ€™ll probably look at the Del Mar Handicap on Aug. 23 (at a mile and three-eighths on turf), a race with distance. Distance is his thing.â€
DAN LANDERS, ASSISTANT TO RON McANALLY, QUICK CASABLANCA, SECOND: â€œThatâ€™s racing.â€
NOTES: The winning owners are Ernest Marchosky of Altadena, Ken Shaw or Kate Walters, Mike Machowsky (Lo-Hi Stable) of Monrovia, and John Mendenhall.
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