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John C. Mabee Stakes (Grade II)

DEL MAR, CALIFORNIA                                      SUNDAY, AUGUST 11, 2013



JULIEN LEPAROUX (Tiz Flirtatious, winner) – “Such acceleration; wonderful. She reminds me of two other horses I rode that could kick like that – (multiple-stakes winners) Gorella and Forever Together. She was so relaxed today; going so easy. I wasn’t concerned about the (slow) pace. We were in a good spot and I knew she had her kick. Certainly nice to ride one like her.”


RAFAEL BEJARANO (Lady of Shamrock, second) – “What can you say? My horse ran well, but the winner was much the best.”


COREY NAKATANI (My Gi Gi, third) -- -- “I couldn’t get her in the position I wanted. Crazy race the way it was run.”


MIKE SMITH (Customer Base, fourth) – “I knew what they were doing up there (going slow), but I wasn’t willing to sacrifice my horse to force it up front. I was hoping maybe they’d mess it up and I’d get a shot late, but it didn’t happen.”


MARTIN PEDROZA (Journaliste, fifth) – After he orchestrated early fractions of :26.66, :52.84 and 1:17.94 – “I was walking the dog up there. Then we stopped and had a drink. Still couldn’t make it happen.”



MARTY JONES (Tiz Flirtatious, winner) -- “I didn’t envision the race going that way but it couldn’t have worked out any better. When she relaxes she raises her game to another level and today she was really relaxed and happy. I think she’s getting better.  It has taken some time, but now she relaxes and Julien (Leparoux) has done a great job and understands her and knows how she needs to be ridden. I think a mile and a quarter is our next spot. We’ll look at the Rodeo Drive (at Santa Anita) and then hopefully the Breeders’ Cup. “



SPLITS:  :26.66  :52.84  1:17.94  1:41.14  1:51.71


This was Leparoux’s third stakes win of the meeting, but his first in the John C. Mabee. He now has four stakes wins at Del Mar.


This was Jones’ first stakes win of the meeting and his first in the John C. Mabee. He now has six stakes wins at Del Mar.


Pamela Ziebarth is from San Juan Capistrano, CA.  

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