JOCKEY QUOTESABEL CEDILLO, MONGOLIAN GROOM, WINNER: “I would like to thank the trainers and owners. I had a lot of help and thank you Enebish Ganbat, for trusting me. He told me don’t change anything, just do what you do with him . . . just stay close, and I saw McKinzie didn’t go so I took the lead.”MIKE SMITH, McKINZIE, SECOND: “I thought I could go with the two outside horses, but they seemed like they were determined to get it. So I let them go figuring they’d entertain each other and we’d do what we do. That horse ran a huge race today. We lost the battle, but this ain’t the war. Hopefully we’ll come back and be ready.”TRAINER QUOTESENEBISH GANBAT, MONGOLIAN GROOM, WINNER: “Honestly, I didn’t expect he was going to win because he was running against two of the best horses on the dirt and the best two trainers, Baffert and Sadler. I told everyone I’m happy if he comes in third. I bet $500 on show.“I guess last time (Pacific Classic on Aug. 17) he got tired because it was very hot, he was sweaty and we did a hard jog. Today we did a light jog; he was fresher today.“I told the jockey to do what he had to and he did OK, the horse won at 25-1. That’s horse racing. I expected him to hold off McKinzie through the stretch (through interpreter Josie Goldberg). My horse was not stopping. He continued to go.”“I didn’t think he’d win. He was up against the two best horses in America in McKinzie and Higher Power. I thought I’d be happy if the horse finished third. I didn’t think my horse would win.”Goldberg: “He (Ganbat) went to a university in Russia, and the Russian mentality is, ‘You fight to the end,’ and that’s what the horse did. He wasn’t going to stop until he won. He didn’t tell Abel anything, except, ‘You know your job.’”Asked about the Breeders’ Cup Classic, Ganbat said even though this was a “Win and You’re In” race, the horse has not been nominated to the Breeders’ Cup. Breeders’ Cup rules state: “The winning horse in a Challenge Race shall receive automatic selection into the Championship race that corresponds with the division of the Challenge Race won, provided the horse is Breeders’ Cup nominated before the Championships pre-entry deadline.”Ganbat is a native of Mongolia who began training there in 1999. He began training in the United States in 2010.NOTES: The winning owner is Mongolian Stables.
at Golden State 109, Seattle 93 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita at New York 90 Troy Hudson scored 16 points including a clinching 3-pointer with 7.3 seconds left, for the Timberwolves. The Knicks’ Stephon Marbury scored 20 points and was injured in a collision with Wally Szczerbiak. X-rays revealed no fracture, and Marbury’s status is not known. Denver 97, at Chicago 94 Carmelo Anthony scored 39 points and Kenyon Martin added 22 points to lead the Nuggets. Kirk Hinrich scored 20 points for Chicago, which has lost 11 of its past 14 games. Baron Davis (25 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds) became the first Warrior since 1964 to get consecutive triple doubles in Golden State’s win. The UCLA product had 24 points, 13 assists and a career-high 11 rebounds Saturday. Minnesota 96, at Atlanta 94, Houston 83 Al Harrington led the Hawks with 20 points in their win. Houston suffered its sixth straight loss, including the oast four without Tracy McGrady, who did not play because of back spasms. at Washington 104, Philadelphia 76 Gilbert Arenas (Grant High of Van Nuys) had 22 points for the Wizards. Washington’s Antawn Jamison added 21 points and 10 rebounds for his 16th double-double of the season. New Orleans 107, at Charlotte 92 Chris Paul had 24 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the Hornets. David West added 22 points and 11 rebounds for New Orleans. at Detroit 94, Boston 84 The Pistons’ Rasheed Wallace scored 18 of his 23 points in the third quarter. Detroit has won 15 of 17 and is an NBA-best 30-5. Richard Hamilton scored 18 points for the Pistons. at New Jersey 97, Indiana 92 Jason Kidd scored 23 points and made a season-high five 3-pointers for the Nets. Vince Carter added 24 points for New Jersey. Austin Croshere led Indiana with 17 points. Tony Parker scored 28 points on 12-of-13 shooting and Manu Ginobili added 15 points to help the Spurs beat the Grizzlis for the second time in three days. Pau Gasol had 25 points for Memphis. at Dallas 114, Milwaukee 95 Dirk Nowitzki scored 35 points for the Mavericks, going 14 of 21 from the field, and Josh Howard had 21 points and 11 rebounds.Michael Redd led the Bucks with 29 points. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!