Cherie DeVaux, assistant to winning trainer Chad Brown of Pianist (No. 5) and third-place finisher and beaten favorite Samitar (No. 3): "This year, Pianist has been outstanding for us. I think she ran similarly to last time [second in the Grade 2 Ketel One Ballston Spa]. Jose [Ortiz] watched the replay of that race, and watched her sit off Laughing and she hung in there. He did the same thing today, and it worked out."

Jose Ortiz, winning jockey aboard Pianist (No. 5): "She didn't break the way I wanted her to because my plan was to go to the front, so I made my move outside [Luis] Saez [aboard No. 7 Assateague] and followed him. The last time [Pianist] ran she followed Laughing. She did pretty good as she finished second to Laughing, who is going to the Breeders' Cup. I tried to ride the same race, and everything went the right way."