Winning trainer Kiaran McLaughlin of favored Charitable Man (No. 3) “(After the Blue Grass) he cooled out in five minutes. He disliked the Polytrack. We figured that, and Mr. (William) Warren [owner] was very kind enough and patient enough not to wheel him right back in the Kentucky Derby or the Preakness. He settled well. (Jockey) Alan Garcia deserves a lot of credit. He did everything right and rode a great race. We’ll talk with Mr. Warren about the possibility of the Belmont. We’ll take a look and see how the Preakness goes. But he is definitely bred to get a mile and a half and he likes this track and he did it the right way today, so we’ll look at it.”
Winning jockey Alan Garcia: “He broke good today. He was on the lead, and then he wanted to kind of slow a little bit and I saw the number 2 (Hello Broadway), run away from him and I thought, `Okay, let me see ,’and I thought it was going to be a clear trip. Quarter for quarter, I feel the other horse (Imperial Council) coming a little bit and then (Charitable Man) switched the lead and he started running - he took off. (When Hello Broadway was in front) I thought he was going to come back – I was sitting there, I knew it was a comfortable pace, comfortable time, but I didn’t think that horse could keep going the way he was running.”
Shug McGaughey, trainer of runner-up Imperial Council (No. 6): “It worked out fine. I thought around the turn he had it, but he was second-best today. We’ll take a look at a race like the Dwyer (Grade 2, $200,000, 3-year-olds, 1 1/16th miles, July 4) next for him.”
NOTE: Charitable Man is a son of 1999 Belmont Stakes winner Lemon Drop Kid, who was third in the Peter Pan to Best of Luck. . . The following horses won the Peter Pan and Belmont Stakes: A.P. Indy (1992); Danzig Connection (1986); Coastal (1979); Cavan (1958) and Gallant Man (1957). . . The Peter Pan was the third leg of today’s new guaranteed $350,000 late Pick 4. The total pool was $471,730.