Yellow Ribbon Handicap (Grade II)
DEL MAR, CALIFORNIA MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2013
MARTIN GARCIA (Egg Drop, winner) – “I let her run free early; she was going so good. I had a lot of horse turning for home and she ran well. I didn’t think I did anything (concerning a stewards’ inquiry about the finish). I think it was more a case of the 10 (Appealing) coming out; not me. I think the stewards made a good decision. I never heard Garrett (Gomez on My Gi Gi) or his horse behind me.”
BRICE BLANC (Appealing, second) – “I drifted out a little bit at the end, but not enough to make a difference. If anyone was at fault, it would have to be the winner. She came over and closed the gap on him (Gomez on My Gi Gi).”
GARRETT GOMEZ (My Gi Gi, third) – “Wow. That’s all I can say. If I don’t get stopped, I win the race.”
RAFAEL BEJARANO (Halo Dolly, fourth) – “I was in a perfect position with her, right in behind the speed. But then I ran out of horse.”
MIKE MITCHELL (Egg Drop, winner) -- “If they would have taken us down (through stewards’ inquiry) it would have broken my heart. From the time I’ve had her I’ve been trying to win a stakes with her. And when we saw what she did on the grass (last two starts) we said, ‘OK, no dirt, no synthetics just grass from here on out." I think Martin rides her very well. She’s not just a speed horse, she can sit off the pace and then make a run.”
SPLITS: :23.35 :46.76 1:10.21 1:34.45 1:40.50
The stakes win was the third of the meet for Garcia and his first in the Yellow Ribbon. He now has 15 stakes wins at Del Mar.
The stakes win was the third of the meet for Mitchell and his first in the Yellow Ribbon. He now has 25 stakes wins at Del Mar. The win was also his 12th of the meet, meaning his all-time Del Mar leading total is now at 475.
The winner is owned by Little Red Feather Racing, a large partnership of owners led by Billy Koch of Hidden Hills, CA.