JUAN HERNANDEZ, BIG CITY LIGHTS, WINNER: “This horse is improving a lot. Last time he broke a little slow, but today he broke really sharp and I was clear in front, probably three or four jumps after. Something happened back there but I was clear all the time. I just let my horse run, because that’s what he wants.
“When I asked him at the quarter pole, he took off again, he’s a nice horse.
“I broke on top and (Kent Desormeaux’s horse Street Art) didn’t break. Before I came over, I checked and didn’t see anybody. It looked like he was trying to get in, and there was room, but if you look at the replay it looked like his horse got spooked and didn’t want to come through.”
LUIS MENDEZ, BIG CITY LIGHTS, WINNER: “It feels good. One-two-three! I’ve never done that before and especially in a stake. I want to say thank you to the owner, Bill Peeples, and everyone on the team. Thanks a lot Mr. John Brocklebank for bringing these babies to the barn. I really don’t know what else to say other than I’m really happy.”
NOTES: The winning owner is William Peeples.