JOE TALAMO, ACCLAMATION, Winner: “Man, we had a great trip. He’s always a little slow out of the gate so I had to send him a little bit but once he got to the lead he just cruised around there. Every time that outside horse (Celtic New Year) would get close to him I’d kind of let him open up a little bit and boy, he just kept on striding out. He gets into that big, long stride and keeps accelerating. The only thing I didn’t want to do was let that other horse come up and go head and head with me. I wanted to stay at least a half-length in front. He’s really a pleasure to ride and I really appreciate the connections giving me an opportunity to ride.”
VICTOR ESPINOZA, CELTIC NEW YEAR, Second: “He’s getting better all the time. He ran big last time and he ran big today. The race went pretty much according to plan. We just let him do his own thing and he ran his race. Every time I tried to move up get the winner, I couldn’t do it. (Trainer) John (Sadler) really has improved this horse a lot. He ran great.”
RAFAEL BEJARANO, BOURBON BAY, Third: “I really don’t have anything to say.”
DON WARREN, ACCLAMATION, Winner: “We didn’t want him to slow it down too much because then you get the pack too close. You have to set a reasonable amount of pace to keep them strung out a little. If you let him go :48 4/5 or :49 he’s tough to catch. We’ll consider the ($500,000) Hollywood Gold Cup (July 9) or the United Nations Handicap (July 2 at Monmouth Park) again. That course back there would suit him. I don’t know why he didn’t run well there last year. Both times I’ve shipped him out of town he hasn’t run well. I can’t understand why. He’s not a nervous horse and he acts like he takes to the shipping and the flight and everything just fine. I’m not convinced he won’t ship and run well. The rider situation is that (Joel) Rosario has the first call any time he wants to ride him. And after that, (Talamo). I was not happy with the last couple of rides (Christian Santiago Reyes) gave this horse. I couldn’t convince him that the horse didn’t have to be in front. After he won those two races last year, he just had it in his head the horse needed to be in front and we insisted that he did not.”
NEIL DRYSDALE, BOURBON BAY, Third: He got run into in Dubai (in his last start in the Dubai Sheema Classic in March). On the first turn, a horse came up and ran into his back. He should move forward off this race. It didn’t help that (Christian Santiago Reyes, the rider of Red Alert Day ) came out to the middle of the race track, so (Bejarano) didn’t know whether to go forward or get crowded out, or whatever.”
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