TYLER BAZE, FIRE WITH FIRE, WINNER: “He was really game today. Last year when I rode him to a third in this race, I think the course was a little bit hard for him that day. Today it was a touch softer, but I just let him go out there and have a good time, get on his own pace and not bother him.
“I didn’t try and slow him down, didn’t try to make him speed up, just let him have a good time. He just proved that’s what was going to work with him.”
VICTOR ESPINOZA, VAGABOND SHOES, DNF (VANNED OFF): “It really surprised me.