|Todd Pletcher, trainer of Vino Rosso (drew post 5; 6-1 morning-line odds): “He’s been training great. I think he’s a much better 4-year-old than he was a 3-year-old. He’s much more consistent in the mornings in training and I thought his Gold Cup [on May 27 at Santa Anita] was a really big race. |
“I think the nine-furlong distance is ideal for him if there’s an honest pace. He’s a very versatile horse. He actually ran kind of sneaky good in the [Grade 1] Carter. You don’t run in too many Carters where a half goes in almost 47 seconds. I think we were in the right race with a good plan, it just didn’t work out the way we anticipated it might on that particular day. But I think he’s versatile at pretty much any distance.
“This has always been a tremendous race. Outside of maybe the Breeders’ Cup Classic, it’s probably the most prestigious race for older horses in the country.”
Jimmy Bell, president of Godolphin, owner of Thunder Snow (drew post 4; 3-1 odds): “He had a strong seven-furlong workout the other morning, which I’m sure a lot of folks saw. He’s full of energy. He’s carrying great weight. He’s not short on sky miles and he’s a great traveler and very, very versatile, as you’ve seen from the Met Mile and other races around the world.
“I think the two turns will be helpful and I think what you saw was that he was able to hang on in a very contentious field in the Met Mile. A mile and a quarter is right up his alley, but I think he’ll be very competitive going a mile and an eighth.
“I think the Whitney has positioned itself as the most prestigious older horse race and congratulations to NYRA for putting together what I believe is the strongest field for older horses this year. It’s earned its prestige, and I think any horse trying to go to stud would like to have the Whitney on their resume.”