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Morvich Handicap Quotes

November 3, 2002
Santa Anita Press Release

$111,700 Morvich Handicap (Gr. III)
Three-Year-Olds & Up - Abt. 6 1/2 Furlongs (Turf)

TYLER BAZE, MASTER BELT, WINNER: "Simon just told me to go out there and ride my own race. He didn't know much about the horse, but told me the horse is a little bit nervous in the gate. And I just broke away from there and let him run his own race, and then he started picking up the bit and wanting to go. Once I got him to the outside, he just cruised. He ran by 'em so fast, it was just great. (Are you surprised he won?) I'm surprised I won the race, I really am. It was a very tough race with a lot of good horses in it, but first time in the country, horses always have a good shot."

SIMON BRAY, MASTER BELT, WINNER: "The horse came to me from New Zealand back in April, and we just gave him time to adjust. We felt he was going to fire his best shot today, and that's why we took a chance in the Morvich. I'd be lying if I said I thought he could win - I was going to be happy with third or fourth. But he has been training extremely well, and he is a (Group) I winner, albeit in New Zealand, but that means something." (Future plans?) "Not really. We didn't (nominate) him for the (Hollywood) Turf Express, so I'll need to talk with the owner to see if he wants to supplement him. He looks like he could run 5 1/2 (furlongs) too, because he broke on top, and I told Tyler (Baze) to take him back and follow horses."

NOTES: The $138.40 win mutuel was the largest of the 26-day Oak Tree meeting.

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