NYRA Press Release — Rudy Rodriguez, winning trainer of Backsideofthemoon (No. 4, $9.20): “We never expected to see him on the lead, but Jose [Lezcano] said he broke so sharp and was really in the bridle. He just left him alone. He always tries; that’s why we claimed him. When [former trainer Robert Klesaris] had him, he was running well, but he’s a different horse in the summer. Right now, in the winter, we have a very [good] horse.
“All the credit goes to [owner] Mike [Repole]. We were going to scratch and run tomorrow. I called Mike and he said, ‘You know what, Rudy? Just leave him there. I think he’ll be good in there.’ So, I have to give the credit to Mike. He plays the game very aggressively. We’ll see what he wants to do next out.”
Jose Lezcano, winning jockey aboard Backsideofthemoon (No. 4): “He broke very well. I sent him a little bit and after that he just jumped right in the bridle. He seemed very confident the whole way around. When I asked him, he gave me everything he had and just kept on going.”
Winning margin: Six lengthsFinal time (1 1/8 miles): 1:52.94Fractions: 24.18, 48.39, 1:13.17, 1:39.09Full order of finish: 4-5-3-2-1-7