Todd Pletcher, winning trainer of Palace Malice (No. 12): “It was an emotional win for me because the Dogwood connection. They supported me from the very beginning and to win a big race for them is really gratifying. I kept saying I know there’s a big [race] there; I felt like he had a big one in him. I kept waiting for it to materialize in the afternoon. He got close a couple of times but didn’t quite get it done. It pretty much went in the early part the way we anticipated it would in terms of where we were positioned. He was able to get him in a nice comfortable rhythm and travel along, pretty quickly, considering the distance, but he looked like he was in a good comfortable rhythm and that was the main focus.”
Gary Stevens, rider aboard second-place finisher Oxbow: "I'm so proud of this colt. I thought I was dead midway down the backside. They were suicidal fractions and he never got any break. Mike (Smith) rode a superb race. I got him settled going into the first turn for about five jumps. I believe it was Mike who put a tad of pressure on my colt to get him running. I kind of had to turn his head loose and let him go about his business. I didn't want to fight with him. We were rocking down the backside. I looked at the two horses inside of me and they weren't going to give it up. I just tried to make Oxbow as happy as I could. Midway around the turn, I said, 'Well, maybe.' But I have ridden long enough to know that he was going to walk home the last quarter of a mile. Going into the far turn, I didn't think he would have hit the board. To finish second, I am really surprised. He galloped out after the race like you wouldn't believe. I'm really proud of him."
Shug McGaughey, trainer of third-place finisher Orb (No. 5): “He just ran OK. He made a good run around the turn, but we had given up so much. The speed horses held all up front and we just couldn't catch them."
"It's been fun. I've got no problems with anything. Everything's fine with me. I just wish we had showed a little better performances in the Preakness and the Belmont.”
"I don't think he got tired. He put a pretty good run in to get to where he was, and those horses just weren't coming back. If they had come back, we'd have been fine. They shook loose and we were just too far back to catch them.”
"I thought there would be some pace. I was a little concerned because we were pretty far back."
Kiaran McLaughlin, trainer of fourth-place finisher Incognito (No. 6): “We’re very pleased to finish fourth. I thought he ran a great race and we’re very happy with him.”