Chad Brown, trainer of runner-up Pianist (No. 2): "She runs so well fresh. She likes rock-hard ground. It was the perfect setup. We were just second-best today. Laughing is tough. This is three times in a row I have been second to her with three of my best fillies. These are three good fillies I have run against her and [Laughing] handled all three of them."
Mike Smith, jockey aboard runner-up Pianist (No. 2): "The hard ground, she loves the hard ground. That's what I think. She tried so hard, the other mare just outgamed me, man. She's just tough. I thought I had her. I got a neck in front of her and she fought back. You have to take your hat off to her."
Javier Castellano, jockey aboard beaten favorite and fourth-place finisher Hungry Island (No. 5): "The only way I got beat today was because the track is so fast. You don't see horses coming from behind. I think we just got beat because the horse that went to the lead never stopped, and my horse is a come-from-behind horse."