Luis Saez, winning jockey aboard Will Take Charge (No. 5):
"I want to say thanks to God, [Mr. ] Lukas and everyone who's coming
here to see these champions. This horse was training good. Last time,
when he finished second, I saw the replays and I knew how to ride him. I
tried to ride him like he runs."
Wayne Lukas, winning trainer of Will Take Charge (No. 5):
"I changed up a [few] things. I took a chance on an up-and-coming
rider. I thought my horse trained well, but these things are so tough.
At the three-eighths pole, I thought we'll get a piece of it, but I
didn't know if we'd get up. He's a little over 17 hands and just
starting to find himself. This is a horse who's going to get better.
He's getting his act together."
feels pretty good. They were reminding me it's been a long time
between drinks, but when they come like this, they come double."
Eric Guillot, trainer of runner-up Moreno (No. 6):
"Brutal, huh? Last jump. He couldn't have done any better - stay in the
three-path, stay off the rail, make them come to you, don't let them go
inside you, don't let them pinch you on the rail. The kid [Jose Ortiz]
rode him just like I told him. He knows the horse and he rode him
perfect; we got beat. He said the horse kind of waited on them that last
part. What are you going to do?"
wouldn't have wanted to win on this day, on this stage? Like I say, you
got to pay the piper for the stuff I talk, right? But I backed it up
pretty damn good running second at [31-1] in the Travers, right? You can
look at it both ways."
Jose Ortiz, jockey of runner-up Moreno (No. 6): "My horse did a great job. I set the pace, very good, 24 and 48. He gave me a lot, but he was kind of waiting a little bit."
know I went easy the first quarter and the second, so I picked it up
after half a mile, and he gave me something. He was playing a little bit
and waiting a little bit; I think if he started running at the quarter
pole like I wanted, he'd win the race."
"I didn't worry about that horse on the inside [Orb], because I felt the horse on the outside."
Shug McGaughey, trainer of third-place finisher Orb (No. 2): "He
ran a good race. You can't cry over spilled milk. We got him back on
the right track, and now we'll point for something else."
Jose Lezcano, jockey aboard third-place finisher Orb (No. 2):
"I got a very good trip. I got the position I wanted. The break was
good, and he gave me his race. At the quarter pole, he accelerated, but
the other horses kept going, too."
Pletcher, trainer of fourth-place finisher Palace Malice (No. 8) and
beaten favorite and seventh-place finisher Verrazano (No. 3):
"Verrazano got a beautiful trip. He got exactly where we thought he'd
be; the only difference was we thought he'd be stalking Palace Malice.
Mike [Smith] said [Palace Malice] missed the break. He slipped behind
and dropped way back, not his characteristic spot. Mike thought he was
much the best; the break killed him. It's horse racing. It happens every
day, every race, 14 times a day sometimes. We would have liked to have
won it, but we've had a great meet and we're not going to cry about it.
We'll regroup and try again."
Mike Smith, jockey aboard fourth-place finisher Palace Malice (No. 8): "You
have to go back [to the replay] and watch the break. He broke really,
really, really bad. What am I going to do? I cannot go for the lead. All
I could do is sit back there, creep up, creep up, creep up and see if I
could get him there. I thought I still had it for a little bit there,
but it was just too much to make up."
Thomas Albertrani, trainer of fifth-place finisher Romansh (No. 1):
"He ran well, he broke really sharp. It looked like Javier could have
been on the lead but he settled for second. He stayed on well ran a good
race, just wasn't good enough."
Javier Castellano, jockey aboard fifth-place finisher Romansh (No. 1):
"He broke sharp, I put him in a good spot in the race. I expected more
speed in the race but nobody really wanted to go. My horse was right
behind the front runners He made a good move but he got tired."
Ken McPeek, trainer of sixth-place finisher War Dancer (No. 6): "There
was absolutely no pace, the riders chickened out and let the six get
away with murder and you know, my horse ran well and he only got beat
five lengths, but he didn't have anything to run at. He is going to run
on the dirt again."
Alan Garcia, jockey aboard sixth-place finisher War Dancer (No. 6):
"My horse handled the track. He has no excuse, there was no pace in
that race. He ran well, wouldn't want to expect more, you know. It felt
good, he ran a good race."
John Velazquez, jockey aboard seventh-place finisher Verrazano (No. 3): "I
was very happy where I was. By the half-mile pole, he was off the
bridle and ust went through the motions. He really didn't put in much
Dallas Stewart, trainer of eighth-place finisher Golden Soul (No. 4): "We're just going to regroup and see where we're at here. I need to talk to Robby [Albarado] more first."
Robby Albarado, rider of eighth-place finisher Golden Soul (No. 4): "He ran okay. I had a great trip and it wasn't his day."
Irad Ortiz, rider of ninth-place finisher Transparent (No. 9): "No
pace. All day, the speed was good. They went 24, 48; that's too slow
for this horse. I got relaxed all the way, and when I tried to pick it
up his pace, he stayed in the same place and never picked it up."