KENT DESORMEAUX, SILENT BIRD, WINNER: “Well, I’ll tell you, full credit goes to Mark Glatt for this win. Silent Bird popped an abscess and was given the time off that he needed. Mark said to be careful out of the gate and that he could be sluggish and he was right. I had to ride him hard for a good 100 yards out of there.
“I asked my Summer Bird progeny, my Triple Crown-race winning baby for all he had and he gave it. For him to look like Summer Bird, feel like him and go like him, it’s amazing. I have incredibly fond memories and this brings it all back.”
TYLER BAZE, TOUGH SUNDAY, SECOND: “He’s only had one race in the last year, so I didn’t want to rush him but I knew Steve (Miyadi) had him ready to run today. He’s an amazing horse. He gave everything he had today, just like he always does. He’ll be very tough next time, believe me. He’s gonna win some more races, no question.”
MARK GLATT, SILENT BIRD, WINNER: “We put the blinkers on and that certainly put a little more speed on him. It was a typical one hole draw. He doesn’t like dirt in his face, so I told Kent, ‘Whatever you do, let’s try, with the rail draw, to get to the outside. When he broke a little flat, Kent kind of asked him to run and then he jumped into the bit, so at that point he figured to just keep his position and he kept it all the way.”