Friday, September 20, 2013
Todd Pletcher, winning trainer of Shanghai Bobby (No. 3): "It was the first time [John Velazquez] has ridden him. I cautioned him before the race that [Shanghai Bobby] kind of has a tendency to wait when he makes the lead. He was trying to time it and not get there too soon, and not cut it too close, either. He ran really well off the layoff. I thought he ran well enough today to put us in the mix for the Breeders' Cup Sprint or the Dirt Mile, but we'll see how he bounces out of it."
"You're always concerned when you haven't run a horse in [six] months, champion 2-year-old, and all of that. We felt like we had him ready enough, and he showed up and ran his race."
John Velazquez, winning jockey aboard Shanghai Bobby (No. 3): "It was my first time riding him, but I had watched his previous races, and what he does is get to the lead and wait. I didn't want to make a premature move and get to the lead too quickly; then, I waited too long and it took him a long time to get going. Finally, when he got to the lead, he started waiting again. His gallop out was really good. He's a tough horse to read."