Todd Pletcher, winning trainer of Havana (No. 1): "Looking at the worktab of the horse who was second [Kendall's Boy], he looked like he had been training very well. It didn't surprise us [Havana] broke alertly and showed speed, and I was happy to see him put in the performance he did."

"He's trained well enough and he ran well enough today that something like the Champagne [Grade 1, October 5, Belmont Park] might make sense."

John Velazquez, jockey aboard winner Havana (No. 1): "He's been working really good in the morning. We all liked him, and we were all wishing that when it comes to the races that he could do the same thing he's been doing in the morning. He did it, so we're very proud. We thought we had a fast horse, and we didn't want to give him such a hard race. There was another horse in the race [Kendall's Boy] that obviously ran fast enough to be with him the first part of the race. I didn't want to abuse him down the lane, but I had to make sure to keep his mind on running. I had to spank him and make him run away from that other horse, but he did it well. He definitely is a very good horse. We like him; I just didn't think that we were going to have to give him a hard race right off the bat."