FLAVIEN PRAT, BATTLE OF MIDWAY, WINNER: “It’s easier to win (when going in :24 quarters.) We didn’t go super fast the first part. I think it’s better to run at a target and a good pace but we were comfortable on the lead and he did a great job.
“I had to make sure he was focused in the lane, which was great actually because that’s when he starting running. He should improve from this race. Jerry is one of the best trainers so I’m sure he’ll improve off of this. He’s always improving. I mean, physically and mentally he’s improving every time.”
MARIO GUTIERREZ, B SQUARED, SECOND: “My horse ran huge. He tried very hard. Every time I tried to get close to the other horse (Battle of Midway,) that horse responded and he gradually got away from us.”
JERRY HOLLENDORFER, BATTLE OF MIDWAY, WINNER: “We talked about being in front. We thought we might end up being the speed, so I wasn’t surprised. I just told Prat to get on his way and if somebody does something different to adjust to it.
“I think he’s showing that he’s coming into being a good horse and able to run against top competition. We want to look at that race (the Haskell, see note below). That’s the race that we’ve talked about. That doesn’t mean we’re absolutely going to do that (run in it). There are a few real tough horses that might go in that race, but we might run in there anyway.”
NOTES: The winning owners are Carlos Heller of Don Alberto Stable, who resides in Lexington, KY and WinStar Farm, Thoroughbred Stallions in Versailles, KY. The Grade I, $1 million Haskell Invitational is for three-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles July 30 at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J.