RAFAEL BEJARANO, LORD NELSON, WINNER: “I was really happy with my trip. I knew Subtle Indian was the only speed in the race so I wanted to make sure I broke good and got my horse into the race right away. I found my position and then just waited for Kobe’s Back. When I saw him coming at the three-eighths I just went for it and tried to get the jump on him because he was really running.”
MIKE SMITH, SUBTLE INDIAN, RUNNER-UP: “I tried to nurse him along without taking anything away from him that was coming easy for him. He was able to relax, I was really happy with the way he did. You have to give it to Lord Nelson. He ran a great race.”
GARY STEVENS, KOBE’S BACK, THIRD: “I was on the extreme outside. I was wide around the turn and the pace was extremely slow for these kinds of horses. The track has been favoring speed all day long and my move was a bit premature and a bit wide.”
BOB BAFFERT, LORD NELSON, WINNER: “That was pretty game. I didn’t think he was going to get there. He was trying so hard there at the end. It was pretty exciting to watch, more exciting to win. He’s come back so strong this year; that break really helped him. I think this is his distance, sprinting might be too short for him.”
- WAYNE HUGHES, SPENDTHRIFT FARM: “He’s a big, good looking horse and we were looking for a stallion. He’s exceptionally good looking. We’ll keep him running, that’s for sure.”
NOTES: Winning owner B. Wayne Hughes resides in Lexington, Ky.