Fleet Treat Stakes
DEL MAR, CALIFORNIA SATURDAY, JULY 27, 2013
MARTIN GARCIA (Sweet Marini, winner) – “The key for me today was that she relaxed early. I got the kind of pace I was very happy with; not too fast at all. When I asked her, she just went. A good race for her. She’s a good filly.”
COREY NAKATANI (Qiaona, second) – “She closed really well today on a track that has not been good for closers. It was a terrific race for her. I love her. She tries hard every time.”
JOE TALAMO (Warren’s Veneda, third) – “My trip was good. I followed the winner all the way around. At the head of the stretch I got her out and she came on. But I was just third best today.”
RAFAEL BEJARANO (Doinghardtimeagain, fourth) – “I just don’t know what happened with her. I’m sitting there with a big hold and we’ve only gone 23 and change and I’m loving it. But then nothing. She just wasn’t herself today. I don’t have an answer.”
BOB BAFFERT (Sweet Marini, winner) -- “We bought this filly earlier in the year hoping for something like this. Obviously she really likes this suface and my gosh she ran a big race. I really thought we weren’t going to be able to beat (Doinghardtimeagain). I thought she would run away from us.”
SPLITS: :23.03 :45.75 1:09.80 1:22.25
This was Garcia’s first victory in the Fleet Treat Stakes and his first stakes win of the meet. He now has 13 stakes wins at Del Mar.
This was Baffert’s third win in the Fleet Treat, but his first stakes win of the meeting. He now has 103 stakes wins at Del Mar, which is the leading mark in that category by 28 stakes.