"I learned from my days with Bobby Frankel, when your horse is really, really good not to waste a race. You need to make these races count when your horse is really good. Our horse was really good today, and we saw no reason not to take a crack at the very best."
Javier Castellano, winning jockey aboard The Big Beast (No. 7): "[Taking back] was part of the strategy, to come from behind. This is the first time he went seven-eighths, and we wanted to monitor it. He's a big horse. I thought he could go the distance, and I'm happy with the way he did it. The way I handicapped the race, there was a lot of speed inside me with Wildcat Red and Fast Anna. I didn't want to hook them in a speed duel. I could have gone to the lead, but he rated so beautifully."
Kathy Ritvo, trainer of runner-up Fast Anna (No. 6): "He ran a great race, he tried so hard. I'm proud of him, I'm happy with the way he ran."
Rosie Napravnik, jockey aboard beaten favorite and third-place finisher Coup de Grace (No. 8): "It looked there was going to be a lot of speed in the race and they had a pretty good pace. We kind of just had to maneuver all the way through traffic the whole race. He was really sharp and he ran great, but we didn't have a lot of room to maneuver in the stretch."