David Jacobson, winning trainer of Saginaw (No. 4): “He still has it, and I think, hopefully, this is the beginning of a long campaign for 2013. [We’ll take it] race by race. He might need another two months off, or we might get him back in next week, but that’s totally up to him.”

“You always wonder if you give them a layoff how they’re going to come back. Today, he showed a lot of heart. Hopefully, he’ll only improve off this. He’s not the fastest horse I’ve ever had, but he has the biggest heart.”

Junior Alvarado, winning jockey aboard Saginaw (No. 4): “He broke good and I tried to just put him in a good spot where he could be comfortable. Turning for home, I just asked him to go and he started giving me the kick. He’s a game, good horse and he knows what he’s doing. He just got there right at the wire.”

Ed Boden of Drawing Away Stable, winning owner of Saginaw (No. 4): “He wasn’t really 100 percent; he won on his class. Hopefully it will be start of another big year for him. Once he started moving in the stretch, I knew he would catch [Readytodefer] because he doesn’t like to lose. I was more concerned with the horse closing on the outside [Be Bullish].”