TVG Pacific Classic (Grade I)
PACIFIC CLASSIC POST-RACE PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTE
(Additional Pacific Classic quotes)
Jockey Martin Garcia: “I feel amazing. I still can’t believe that I won.”
Bob Baffert: “He has been working well and you could tell he’s a different horse this year here. He was just doing everything so smoothly. I loved the way he was in the paddock today. He wasn’t too keen he was real relaxed. I ran the race in my mind and there was so much other speed. But at the end of the day, I told Martin: ‘You have the fastest horse so don’t be afraid to get bold with him.’
“It was very emotional for me. I watched it with (wife) Jill in the paddock, in a room with just the two of us and the paddock judge. To go through what we did with him last year, getting run down late like we did. And for Bernie (Schiappa), it’s like his child. If you want to (anger) Bernie just say something bad about Game On Dude.
“Then the way he did it. He just made a huge statement. It was just great day for horse racing in Southern California.”
Part owner of Game On Dude Joe Torre: “I was nervous. I told Bernie what ever he has, it’s catching. I had been pretty calm, and I’d watched Dude run a few times now. But for some reason today I was jumpy as all get out. I can’t tell you how exciting it was to watch him. The stretch run, that was goose-bump stuff there.”