JOCKEY QUOTESMIKE SMITH, JOLIE OLIMPICA, WINNER: “I just listened to what Mr. Mandella told me this morning. He said, ‘She trains like she’s really quick, maybe a little too quick, so be still leaving there. If she puts you (up on the pace) fine, if not give her a chance to settle and she should finish. She should want to go a little further than this as well.’“I was happy to be on a Drosselmeyer, I was blessed enough to win the Belmont (2010) and the Breeders’ Cup Classic (2011) on him and this is his first offspring I’ve gotten a chance to ride.“Richard told me, ‘she might get a little light on her front end but it’s fine, just show her that everything is okay and she should be all right.’“The best part of the race was running underneath the wire to be honest with you. She galloped out well within herself, she wasn’t winded at all. She should get a mile for sure any day.”TRAINER QUOTESGARY MANDELLA, SON OF RICHARD MANDELLA, JOLIE OLIMPICA, WINNER: “She adapted quicker than most South American imports. A couple of the really good horses dad’s had over the years took a while to adjust. She was quicker than they were.“We didn’t necessarily expect her to break that fast, because if you watch her replays in South America, she didn’t always just leave there super-quick. He wasn’t sure if she’d get outrun a little the first part or if she’d do what she did. You don’t know until you put them out there.“She had a perfect trip. Mike did a great job with her. She was a little upset in the paddock, but Mike got her calmed down in the post parade. He had her in the right frame of mind to break well. Give all the credit to Mike on that. The track record? We’ll take it.”NOTES: The time of 1:01 established a track record, eclipsing the old mark of 1:01.49 held by Torosay set on Nov. 3, 2019.The winning owner is Rick Porter, who races as Fox Hills Farms, Inc.
Lamar Odom echoed what Evans said about playing consistent defense, saying, “It’s funny that a team that’s so close and everybody’s so cool off the court, on the court we don’t talk at all.” In and out: Lakers coach Phil Jackson kept Vladimir Radmanovic in the starting lineup but framed the decision in stark terms: “I said he’s really got to have a good game. He has to decide that now for himself, though.” Radmanovic had scored just two points in the two previous games and was benched the final 21 minutes against Toronto. He came out a changed player Sunday, making his first four shots and finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds. He cut for baskets, got a friendly roll on a 3-pointer and even passed on a corner 3 to drive baseline and score on a reverse layup. He played 27 minutes through three quarters, but Jackson didn’t bring him back in the fourth. Hip check: In the weeks before this trip, Jackson talked about the two weeks he would spend on the road as being a major test to see just how much he had progressed since having hip-replacement surgery in October. He reflected Sunday on how much pain he was in for a game last March in Cleveland and said, “I’ve held up well,” on this trip while giving credit to his therapy sessions with athletic performance coordinator Alex McKechnie. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It was my fault, obviously. I just lost the ball,” said Evans, who added that he prefers to catch the ball outside of the lane to have a better line of sight without big men collapsing on him. “That’s a good job of what I’m talking about, converging, and making the person make the extra play instead of giving me a wide-open dunk, which would have been conceding twopoints, or fouling me.” CLEVELAND – Given a second chance at one play from Sunday’s game, Lakers guard Maurice Evans wouldn’t have had a hard decision to make. He undoubtedly would have wanted the ball back with 4:12 left in the fourth quarter, when he took a pass underneath the basket with the Lakers leading 79-78 only to dribble the ball off his leg and out of bounds. Evans finished Sunday’s game with six points and made just 1 of 9 shots. It has been either feast or famine for him in the Lakers’ past three games, scoring 19 points Friday against Toronto after making 1 of 9shots the night before in his return to Detroit. “It’s hot and cold because our offense is inconsistent,” Evans said. “I’m getting shots one game, they just aren’t available the next game. I come into a game, especially after having a good game, trying to be a little bit more aggressive. “I’m looking to kind of build upon where we left off. It’s a totally different atmosphere, just a totally different game.” Evans was the voice of conscience after Sunday’s loss, acknowledging the frustration in the locker room. He was the guilty party who left Sasha Pavlovic open for the go-ahead 3-pointer down the stretch as he tried to help defend againstLe- Bron James. “We allow teams when they play pick-and-roll to put so much pressure on our defense because we give them whatever they want,” Evans said. “We give them the drives, we give them the jump shots. We’re not forcing them to do what we want them to do.”