D. Wayne Lukas (trainer, Hightail, 1st) – “I just thought that we had a great shot. These races are historically very fast up front. We’re a good closer and I thought we had a shot.
Bob Hess Jr. (trainer, Merit Man, 2nd) – “(Jockey) Patrick (Valenzuela) said he (Hightail) came out and bumped him a couple times. He dropped back a neck or so and came back to be beat a nose. It is what it is.
“This guy needs a target. He had no target. When South Point came out of the race (late scratch at gate), it was almost a negative. He’s a very nice 2-year-old. We’re proud of him.”
Patrick Valenzuela (jockey, Merit Man, 2nd) – “I thought I was on the best horse. He shot out of there and we were there most of the way. The stewards made the decision, but I still thought I was on the best horse.”
Joel Rosario (jockey, Sweet Shirley Mae, 3rd) – “I thought they (Hightail and Merit Man) were going to go the way they did. She ran a good race. They were just a little better. It was a good race for her.”
Edwin Maldonado (jockey, Hazardous, 4th) – “He broke a little sharper than I expected. When we came around the turn, he grabbed the bridle and I thought we were going to get there. He ran a big race.”
Thomas Dascombe (trainer, Ceiling Kitty, 5th) – “There you go. I was quite encouraged going down the backstretch. Maybe she didn’t like the dirt and maybe she didn’t stay.”
John Velazquez (jockey, Ceiling Kitty, 5th) – “I think I maybe asked her to do a bit too much early on. She broke well and we were laying second. She was not getting any dirt in her face at all. When I asked her, she kept the same pace and the others were just faster.”