Christophe Clement, winning trainer of Za Approval (No. 7): "He got the firm turf. Great horse, nice horse. He's won three graded stakes this year. He's a fun horse. When I ran him in Grade 1s, he got beat by two of the best milers in the country. He's been getting better all of his life. He's been a great credit to the Live Oak team and Mrs. [Charlotte] Weber because they have been very patient with him, and it's wonderful when it works out."

"We knew there was pace in the race. It's an easy race to ride. Joel, as usual, gave us a great ride."

"Turf season is close to an end. Let's see how he comes out of it. We could either give him a break and send him to Live Oak, or we could give him one more race, such as the Citation [Grade 2, Betfair Hollywood Park, November 29]."

Joel Rosario, winning jockey aboard Za Approval (No. 7): "It was a good trip. This horse tries hard all the time. I rode him twice in Florida this winter; he finished second and he won, so I had confidence in him. I didn't want to rush him too much [early]; they were going a little quick. With this horse, every time you ask him, he keeps giving."