JUAN HERNANDEZ, MACKINNON, WINNER: “He’s getting better every race. He broke good, there was little speed, and he felt a little tired on the right side, so he changed leads to the right side. That’s why I had to check a little bit and decided to stay inside and save ground and make one run. He came with a huge run today. He’s getting better.
“He’s improved a lot because the last couple of time I rode him, I had to work a little hard in the stretch with him, today I asked him a little and after that he just took off again.”
DOUG O’NEILL, MACKINNON, WINNER: “We didn’t get the most ideal trip. He was a little green early but Juan said once we got the first half mile behind us, he settled nicely and as you could see, he finished up real well. If he comes out of this in good shape, it’s on to the Breeders’ Cup (Juvenile Turf).”
DAVE KENNEY, MACKINNON, WINNER: “It’s been very exciting. I have to thank team O’Neill, my partner who had the eye to pick this horse and we’re just happy to be here. Breeders’ Cup is always a special place for us and we are excited to be one of the horses.”
NOTES: The winning owners are ERJ Racing LLC, Madaket Stables LLC and Dave Kenney.