El Cajon Stakes
DEL MAR, CALIFORNIA FRIDAY, AUGUST 30, 2013
DAVID FLORES (Holy Lute, winner) – “I’ve been on the road; in Singapore, England and France. But it is always nice to come back home, especially when you can ride a horse like this. He’s got really good acceleration; a nice kick. When I asked him today, he went. Victor’s horse (jockey Victor Espinoza on R S Watson, who was involved in a stewards’ enquiry with the first- and second-place finishers) was starting to back up. That’s why I sent my horse through there. There was a hole and we went and took it. I wouldn’t have gone otherwise. I didn’t think there would be any problem, and there wasn’t.”
RAFAEL BEJARANO (Fury Kapcori, second) – “Victor’s horse (R S Watson) pushed me out. He cost me. He was going the other way.”
COREY NAKATANI (Tiz a Minister, third) – “I told Paul (trainer Paul Aguirre) that the stretch here is just too short for him. This horse has a long fuse and he makes a big late run and he needs room to do it.”
EDWIN MALDONADO (Tree of Life, fourth) – “I had a good trip; followed the winner around there. Victor’s horse was backing up.”
JIM CASSIDY (Holy Lute, winner) – “I’ve loved this horse since he was a yearling. I bought him at the sale in Kentucky because I loved the look of him. How can you not love a Midnight Lute [the sire]? The horse was RNA’d [not sold during the session because he didn’t bring the minimum set on him], so I went to the owners and asked them if he was still for sale for $120,000, and when they said he was I said ‘sold.’ I’m really proud of him. He’s still trying to figure things out. He got hurt as a 2-year-old so I didn’t race him last year. He ran against some seasoned horses today but I knew he’d run well. That’s why I brought him back a little fast. He came out of his maiden win as if he hadn’t run.”
SPLITS: :22.94 :46.45 1:10.49 1:22.75 1:35.38
The stakes win was the first of the meet for Flores and his first in the El Cajon. He now has 49 stakes wins at Del Mar.
The stakes win was the first of the meet for Cassidy and his first in the El Cajon. He now has nine stakes wins at Del Mar.