"I was just trying to get to today. I know the next spot at Saratoga is seven furlongs [Grade 1 Forego, August 30]. If he's training well into it, we still might give it a try, even though I think three-quarters is a better distance for him. We'll see how it turns out."
Cornelio Velasquez, winning rider of Palace (No. 1): "When I broke good, I stayed in behind [Happy My Way]. I wanted to wait for the last three-sixteenths, and have him come in the end. He came fast. He's a very good horse."
Antonino Miuccio, winning owner of Palace (No. 1): "It feels good. I feel good for me and for the trainer, Linda Rice. I saw the horse coming and I was feeling good about him. He's a good horse."
Joe Orseno, trainer of beaten favorite and runner-up Happy My Way (No. 5): "Very happy. Very happy with that. I said all along, he needed a freshener. We were going to do it now. We gave him 2 1/2 months off [after] that last race. I did not lean on him very hard to get him ready for this because my big picture is November. I told [jockey] Joey [Bravo], 'Nurse him along as far as you can, but you've got to have some horse left.' Again, the grand scheme of things for me is November. He proves today he belongs. I'm ecstatic. Of course we'd like to win, but all the connections understand what we did and where we're at. I'm very happy with the horse."
Joe Bravo, jockey aboard runner-up and beaten favorite Happy My Way (No. 5):"He's fast. That's what he's always done and that's what he always shows. When you see 1:08 on this course, they're nice horses. He ran hard."