David Jacobson, winning trainer and co-owner of Saginaw (No. 4): “That was a legitimate horse he beat [Royal Currier]; Linda [Rice] always does a great job. They ran really fast. I’m happy to see he can compete in open company now. The only other time he did was in May [sixth in the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap]. We’ll definitely be back for the Alex M. Robb [on December 26], provided he comes back OK. He’ll let us know.”

Junior Alvarado, winning jockey aboard Saginaw (No. 4): “David pretty much left it up to me. I tried to play the break and have a good break. He broke well. I had the best horse in the race, so I put him right there. He’s a class horse, and when I asked him he gave it all to me. It was pretty much easy at the end. When we turned for home, I knew how much horse I had. [Royal Currier] was still trying, but I had plenty of horse left.”