Joel Rosario (jockey, Dancing in Silks, 1st) – “I had a very good trip in perfect position and had a good chance outside when we got to the stretch. It was very close but my horse always has his head up, so I was just hoping that would help at the finish.”

Carla Gaines (trainer, Dancing in Silks, 1st) – “The way Zensational had been training and Gayego won the Ancient Title, it looked like a tough situation (for us). The way the post positions set up, we were able to sit off the pace and make our run. The racing gods were smiling upon us today. Joel (Rosario) has ridden him in all but one race and I thought before the race, that’s nice I don’t have to give Joel any instructions.”

Rafael Bejarano (jockey, Crown of Thorns, 2nd) – “For a second, I thought I might win, but the other horse (Dancing in Silks) just kept going. I had a good clean trip; he just missed. My horse did a tremendous job. I was in perfect position following the winner. When I saw him move, I still had a lot of horse left, so I followed him, but the six (Dancing in Silks) never quit. It was a close finish.”

Richard Mandella (trainer, Crown of Thorns, 2nd) – “I couldn’t be more proud of my horse. He ran great. He’s always made me think he’s something special and he continues to make me think that.”

Tyler Baze (jockey, Cost of Freedom, 3rd) – “I’m very disappointed. I got beat by a head. He was supposed to win this year. We were supposed to run last year but we didn’t get to run.”

John Sadler (trainer, Cost of Freedom, 3rd) – “I’m thrilled. It was a race of a lifetime. He ran very well – just got beat in the last 20 yards. Gut-wrenching.”

Garrett Gomez (jockey, Gayego, 4th) – “I was able to slide up the fence for a long way and had an okay trip. I saw that the grey horse (Zensational) was in trouble, so I knew the pace wasn’t going to be that fast. So I took every short cut I could. I had to go through a hole that was so tight, and it slowed my horse down. If the hole wasn’t so tight, I think I win the race.”

Saeed bin Suroor (trainer, Gayego, 4th) – “He ran a huge race and I thought he was going to win. He was in the back all the way and came flying but he was unlucky. He will go back to Dubai.”

Victor Espinoza (jockey, Zensational, 5th) – “He broke a little better than usual, but he got bumped hard when we passed the gap. He tried hard, but it was just too much for him after that.”