Trainer Shug McGaughey (Mr Speaker): "He ran good. He’d been training good. His first two races were better than they looked. When I ran him at Saratoga, Javier rode him and missed the hole, but came back and told me that he liked him a lot. A bug boy rode him after that, probably moved a little bit early on him against Request; he might have been best that day. We were what, 10-1 today and Request was 2-1? Then he came back and broke his maiden—everyone took back and he just found himself on the lead.
"It didn’t bother me that he wasn’t on the lead today. Jose rode him really good, getting him into position on the backside. I thought he would break good; I thought he might be a little closer than he was. I think he can be wherever he wants [within a race].”
[Will you try him on the dirt?]. “Yes, I will try him on the dirt, maybe even next time. He’s matured a lot since he left Belmont sometime in November and I hope he continues to go that way.”
Jockey Jose Lezcano (Mr Speaker): "He showed me a lot of class down the stretch. I think he'll get better with maturity, too. We had a good trip. He broke good and was relaxed down the backside. I let him pick it up a little down the backstretch and he got me inside. As soon as the hole opened up he shot right through. He's showed me a lot."