FLAVIEN PRAT, VYJACK, WINNER: “With the fast pace I knew I would be farther back but it was fast enough and we fought. There were some good horses in here and to catch those types of horses you’ve got to be good and you’ve got to be brave. I knew I was able to put up a fight but when you’re racing horses that are good, you never know for sure if you’ll beat them.”
GARY STEVENS, OM, SECOND: “He ran big. We kinda got double-teamed there but he ran a good race.”
TYLER BAZE, OBVIOUSLY, THIRD: “It’s too bad that there were two horses (Frank Conversation and St. Joe Bay) that maybe didn’t belong in the race that went out there like that but under the circumstances, I thought he ran awesome.”
PHIL D’AMATO, VYJACK, WINNER AND OBVIOUSLY, THIRD: “Vyjack is so professional. In many ways he reminds me of Obviously. He has a different style of running but both are very professional and you can put them where they want to run. I have to give Flavien a lot of credit. He’s breezed him since he’s been here in California (formerly trained by East Coast based Bill Mott) and I think that helped a lot.
“I thought the fractions were suicidal. Obviously was a victim of circumstances and there were two horses that maybe didn’t belong in here and our guy still fought valiantly. The whole time I thought Vyjack was in the best spot to have a chance to win.
“The original plan was the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile for Vyjack but with the way he ran today, we’ll see. The turf milers here have such tremendous turn of foot and Vyjack showed that today and it set up for him. He trains just as well on the main track here at Santa Anita too so we have a couple of options to look at and think about.
“I don’t take anything away from Obviously today. I don’t think they’ll go :21.40 and :43.97 in the Breeders’ Cup Mile so between the Mile and the Turf Sprint. I think one of those spots will be right up his alley.”
NOTES: The winning owner, David Wilkenfeld, whos races as Pick Six Racing resides in New York, NY.