Steve Asmussen, winning trainer (DH) of Brazen Persuasion (No. 4): “She broke sharp, was away real cleanly. The entry tackled her immediately. Coming into the stretch, I thought she got a little separation, and then you saw the other filly coming, but they fought really well to the wire.”

“She’s a good-sized filly. [Bloodstock agent] David Ingordo bought her at OBS March, and I can’t say enough of what a dream she has been to work with since the day she came into the barn.”

“They were opposite on the nods. It was, ‘no, yes, no, yes, no, yes.’ I did think she got beat on the wire watching the replay, and then when they threw the number up, they go 4-5 in order, you think she won. And then they throw the dead heat, so we’ll take all of it.”

Rosie Napravnik, winning jockey (DH) aboard Brazen Persuasion (No. 4): “She broke well. I didn’t really like the fact that I was on the inside of the other speed, so they were kind of forcing us to go. But she broke so well and went along easy; I just tried to wait as long as I could even though I was kind of outrunning Johnny [Velazquez, aboard Yes Liz, No. 1a]. I’ll tell you what, this little thing that I hit the wire with, she’s about half the size of any of them. They both ran super hard and our filly is really talented. She ran very well.”

“[After the wire] I told Corey [Lanerie], I said, ‘You got this. Definitely you got this.’ So, I thought it was him.”

W. Bret Calhoun, winning trainer (DH) of Bahnah (No. 5): “It was a heck of a duel. Steve’s horse took a lot of pressure up there. Hat’s off to that horse. She ran a game race. I thought at one point when we stepped up to her, I would get on by. Then right there at the wire, I thought we might have got to her. When I saw the replay over and over, I thought it was a heater.”

“[Corey Lanerie] said she wasn’t responding to the whip, and he switched to hand-riding her and she inched back up to them. It was a game effort by both of them. It was a great race by both of them. It’s a good way to get a first win [at Saratoga].”

“This was obviously a big step for her going from 4 ½ furlongs to six furlongs, but she stepped up and proved it today. She’s always been a mentally mature filly, and she continues to progress both mentally and physically. I think the Spinaway [Grade 1, $300,000, September 1] is probably now on our radar.”

Corey Lanerie, winning jockey (DH) aboard Bahnah (No. 5): “Right before the wire, I felt I was edging right to her, but I didn’t know if I got the bob or not.”

“I thought I had maybe lost the bob. Both horses, neither one of them wanted to lose. At the eighth pole, I thought I was going to get her, because she was giving up, and at the sixteenth pole I thought she had me because I was giving up. Just neither one of them wanted to lose.”