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2012 Breeders' Cup 'Win and You're In' Day at Santa Anita

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Love and Pride in the winner's circle
Love and Pride in the winner's circle

Love and Pride in the winner's circle after the 2012 Zenyatta Stakes at Santa Anita

© Kelley Carlson
Mike McCarthy, assistant to winning trainer Todd Pletcher said, "Turning up the backside I thought (Via Villaggio) might come up and give her a little company, but he was nice enough to go ahead and sit right off of her. This filly, when she gets a chance to settle into a rhythm, she's obviously able to finish off her races. I think you saw that today. Provided everything goes well, I believe this filly will stick around (Santa Anita for the Breeders' Cup)."

Jockey Martin Garcia added, "The instructions were to let her break and not fight her, just let her be happy. That's exactly how the race turned out. I let her break, sat, then when it was time to go she just finished the job. I'm very lucky to ride this beautiful horse and I will pray to see if I can stay with her."

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