VICTOR ESPINOZA, ROOKIE SENSATION, WINNER: “I just wanted to let my horse do his thing in the beginning, and from the last three-eighths of a mile, I tried to make my way in between horses.

“Sometimes there are different strategies in a race, but I did not have any other options because of the way the race set up. I sneaked in on the inside and everything worked out very nice today. Once I got my position I knew I would definitely win the race. He’s been a nice horse in his last few races. He always runs unbelievable races, but now he’s even more ready than before. Each race he is getting better and better.”


JOHN SHIRREFFS, ROOKIE SENSATION, WINNER: “We liked this horse quite a bit and wanted to bring him along slowly, so we tried to space his races appropriately.”

FRANK STRONACH, OWNER/BREEDER, ROOKIE SENSATION: “He’s only had a few starts (five), so we’ll see how good he’s going to be.”

NOTES: Winning owner/breeder Frank Stronach resides in Paris, KY.