Todd Pletcher (trainer, Havana, 2nd and We Miss Artie, 7th) – On Havana: “I thought he ran super. He just came up a little tired in the very last part there. But he ran very well.”
Did the race develop as expected?: “I thought he actually settled beautifully. I’m really happy with the way he positioned himself. Gary said he got a little bit lost when he made the lead turning for home. Then he just got tired the last 100 yards.”
On We Miss Artie: “He ran well, too. He got into a good stalking position and put in a nice run, then he just leveled of a little bit the last part.”
Gary Stevens (jockey, Havana, 2nd) – “It was a great try. They just told me not to hit him. This is a serious horse.”
Joel Rosario (jockey, Strong Mandate, 3rd) – “Wayne (trainer Lukas) wanted me to put him in the race, which I did, he handled everything very well today. When Havana went by him, it looked like he slowed down for a few steps, but then he picked it right up again. He ran a huge race.”
D. Wayne Lukas (trainer, Strong Mandate, 3rd) – “We made the best of a bad situation. (breaking from post 14) I thought he had a good trip. No excuses. I’m looking forward to the three-year-old races next year with him.”
Mike Smith (jockey, Tap It Rich, 5th) – “Wait ‘til next year. He’s going to be a nice colt but he’s pretty green right now. He’s scared of the dirt. He wants to get out a little bit when the dirt comes up.
This is jockey Martin Garcia’s first Breeders’ Cup victory.