JULIEN LEPAROUX, ITSINTHEPOST, WINNER: “Tyler talked to me just before the race in the paddock.
“I heard I might ride him but I wasn’t sure and found out for sure today. I wish Tyler a fast recovery and it’s always bad to get hurt but especially before these big days.
“The setup looked great for us before the race. The three horse was on the inside, we were on the speed. We tracked him and made a move on the outside. It was a pretty easy race and he won nicely.
“I thought we would have more pace but he was traveling very nicely for me and I just wanted to wait until that last part to finish.”
FLAVIEN PRAT, KENJISSTORM, SECOND: “We had a perfect trip. I thought we could win turning for home. No excuses.”
JEFF MULLINS, ITSINTHEPOST, WINNER: “He’s by far the most consistent horse I’ve had, especially at the marathon (grass) distances. He’s just solid.” Asked if he gave Leparoux any instructions: “Tyler (Baze) did.
“The horsed puts himself where he needs to be in a race and if the pace is quick enough, he can get it done, and even when the pace isn’t quick enough, sometimes.”
Asked where he’s going next: “To the Derby (Restaurant) for dinner.”
JED COHEN, RED BARON’S BARN, LLC, ITSINTHEPOST, WINNER: “Oh yeah, this was exciting.
“It was a little unsettling not having Tyler ride because he basically lives with this horse, in more ways than one. I know Julien is a good rider but still, it’s a change and who knows what will happen? Tyler talked with Julien before the race and told him the things not to do with him!
“He’s just such a strong horse, he can’t even pull him up. The same with the mornings when Tyler works him. He works him on the training track, keeps him away from the rail and he just always wants to go and tells us, ‘I can’t do anything about it, he just wants to go!’ That’s what he does.”
NOTES: The winning owner is Jed Cohen who races as Red Baron’s Barn, LLC.