Jonathan Thomas, assistant to winning
trainer Todd Pletcher of Understatement (No. 1): “There wasn’t that much
speed in the race, so we figured he would be out there – especially since that’s
been his best style at Aqueduct.
He’s run some of his best races over the inner track. I thought that when he was still on the
bridle and everyone else started falling off the bridle we were going to have a
pretty good chance. I think it just
gives him a big heart to be out like that.
He’ll stay here; we’ll talk to Todd to see what he wants to do next.”
David Cohen, winning jockey aboard
Understatement (No. 1): “That was really the plan from the get-go, just go
to the lead and let the other entrymate trail. I think this horse seems to obviously
show that the way he wants to run is get on the lead and open up a little
bit. He’s a big, long horse, he’s
got a long stride to him and he was very well-prepared. Thank you Todd Pletcher and Mr. Pompa
for the continued support.”