Trainer Larry Bates (Black Diamond Cat): "He prepped really well for this. He went in 47 (seconds for a half-mile) for this. The weather really helped him and the way the race set up. (An off track) has helped him in the past. He nickers when it rains. He’s such an honest horse. That’s a lovely field that was behind him. He’s a little underrated, but we think a lot of him. We’ve had some problems that we’ve ironed out over time. I’d like to say he’s like a good whiskey – he improves with age. It’s great that he’s getting a little recognition. A horse like him keeps you going.”
Jockey Jilver Chamafi (Black Diamond Cat): "Everything went perfect. He broke good and everything was fine. The only thing the trainer told me was don't fight him too much."
Jockey Edgard Zayas (Swagger Jack): "We had a perfect trip, he just came up empty in the end."