Linda Rice, winning trainer of Palace (No. 5): "I really think he likes sitting off the pace as a come-from-behind sprinter. He seems to relish that, and, now that we have figured that out, he's doing great."

"I was really excited about today's race, because it is quite gratifying. The fact he's a son of City Zip - I trained [Palace's] father, who was such a tremendous racehorse - makes it really cool."

Cornelio Velasquez, winning jockey on Palace (No. 5): "Perfect trip. My horse broke good, good position. He's better outside. [Jockey Joel] Rosario gave me a chance at the quarter pole."

"I think he's getting much better all the time. Before, he wanted to run on the lead; now he's better coming from behind. He ran good the last part of the race - fast. I followed the Jacobson horse [Strapping Groom]. At the top of the lane, I had a lot of horse."