“He ran his race. He was there and he just got tired a little bit. He’s only run four times. I was really proud of him. He’s a super impressive horse.
On the way the race played out: “I wasn’t surprised. He’s a very fast horse and I didn’t want to change his style. Actually the jockey of Trinniberg had a hold of his horse as best he could, but I knew he was there. That’s horse racing. The reason I didn’t get pumped up all week is that in a 20-horse Kentucky Derby anything can happen. He ran his race and that’s all you can ask for.
“That’s the only time I’ve run second where I’ve been happy because he ran his race.”
DALE ROMANS (Dullahan, third) – “I told (jockey Kent Desormeaux) to get out in the clear, and he came running. He had to go a lot wider than he wanted to, but he finished strong. It was just an unlucky break.”
GRAHAM MOTION (Went the Day Well, fourth) – “Johnny (Velazquez) said he just had a tough trip. As good a trip as he got last year, he had a tough trip this year. He galloped out in front.”
MIKE HARRINGTON (Creative Cause, fifth) – “It didn’t look like he had any trouble. He just got outrun, I guess.”
BOB BAFFERT (Liaison, sixth) – “He ran like he was training. He got back in the groove. He ran a great race."
MICHAEL MATZ (Union Rags, seventh) – “Julian (Leparoux) said he just didn’t get a good break. He just had a rough trip, he said.”
JERRY HOLLENDORFER (Rousing Sermon, eighth) – “He ran all right. He had a decent trip, we just didn’t get there. The Derby is a tough race to win.”
MIKE MAKER (Hansen, ninth) – “We didn’t have the best horse. Ramon (Dominguez) had him in a great spot and he had every chance if we were good enough. We weren’t good enough.
“Turning for home it looked like we were in a good spot bout couldn’t make up any ground at the eighth pole said ‘I’ve had enough.’ “
STEVE ASMUSSEN (Daddy Nose Best, 10th) – “He had position, he just didn’t do anything with it.”
D. WAYNE LUKAS (Optimizer, 11th) – “I know we stayed on the rail more than we needed to. I know that’s the shortest way around, but I didn’t want to be down there that long. I knew the trip was going to be key for us. They run it every year; I’m not going to worry about it.”
KIARAN MCLAUGHLIN (Alpha, 12th) – “It’s disappointing. He really kind of lost it in the paddock. I felt like he was really hot and bothered. It’s tough on horses, the preliminary stuff. He was great in the gate, but he did get very hot in the paddock and he just ran dull. Not a good effort.”
TODD PLETCHER (EL PADRINO, 13th) – No quotes available.
HAMILTON SMITH (Done Talking, 14th) – “He had a good trip. They went fast up front but they weren't backing up none too much. Speed held well the last two days and track was hard and fast by Derby time. He sure didn't close much. We won't go to the Preakness. We'll let him get over this one and maybe thinking about trying him on grass or something. We'll see."
STEVE ASMUSSEN (Sabercat, 15th) – “He just got a little wide into the first turn and that’s it.”
ELLIOTT WALDEN, President/CEO of WinStar Farm, owner (Gemologist, 16th) – “He didn’t run much. It’s very disappointing. He broke extremely slow and then got into the bridle way too much, pulling hard under the wire the first time. From the backstretch on he just backed up and didn’t show up.
BISNATH PARBOO (Trinniberg, 17th) – “The jockey said he didn’t like the going. He likes an easier going.”
MARK CASSE (Prospective, 18th) – “We never had a shot. He clipped heels and almost went down about 10 jumps out of the gate. I didn't see it live with the craziness, and then I went to talk to Luis (Contreras) and asked if he had any excuses. He said 'Are you kidding me? I thought I was going down and lucky to stay on.' It's just disappointing to bring him along to such a big race and lose your chance right away."
PAT BYRNE (Take Charge Indy, 19th) – “He was walking good when he first got back, but he’s walking a little gingerly on his left front. Dr. Bill Baker was here to look at him and felt we probably needed to X-ray the left front ankle and the left front fetlock so we’re going to send him over to Dr. Baker’s at the first of the week for further evaluation.
“Obviously something went wrong. He’s not 100 percent cooling out. It looks like we need to further examine him. We don’t know what’s exactly wrong with him at this point in time.
“Calvin (Borel) thought he bled, but we scoped him and it doesn’t appear that he bled.”
“It’s disappointing, but we’ll move on. We know it wasn’t a talent issue. Something obviously went wrong.”
T. J. COMERFORD, head traveling lad for trainer Aidan O’Brien (Daddy Long Legs, 20th) – No quotes available.