Irad Ortiz, Jr., winning rider aboard Peace Preserver (No. 5): "It was a perfect trip. I just followed the instructions like the assistant trainer [Mike McCarthy] told me. He told me to sit and make one run. I sat and waited until the quarter pole but I couldn't go out, so I stayed inside where I wouldn't lose too much ground. When room opened up, she gave me everything she had. When I asked her, she picked it up pretty good."
Buzz Tenney, assistant to Shug McGaughey, trainer of runner-up Hungry Island (No. 6): "I thought she ran great. She settled in nice, and made a run at the end. She just got outrun to the wire. She ran a great race."
John Velazquez, jockey aboard runner-up Hungry Island (No. 6): "The other one [Peace Preserver] just happened to get through with me and beat me. She [Hungry Island] was going awesome the whole way. I thought she was the winner all the way around."
Tom Albertrani, trainer of beaten favorite and third-place finisher Better Lucky (No. 3): "She ran well. We lost a little bit of ground, but I was pleased. Unfortunately, we didn't win, but I thought she gave it an honest effort. She wasn't beaten very far. Hopefully, we can come right back with her in a few weeks, take her down to Keeneland and make amends there."