DRAYDEN VAN DYKE, IMPROBABLE, WINNER: “The gate guy did a fabulous job with him, holding him still, he got out clean. I was going to see what everyone else was gonna do, and they did what they did and I did what I did and it worked out good. I take it a day at a time, and I’m grateful for this win. He showed a different tactic today which he showed before when he was two. He used to come off the pace more than usual.
“With the longer distances it seems like he would be closer, but they were going quick and he was back there going his comfortable pace and I was confident with him. He’s been training super, so I was just waiting for the stretch to come.
“It’s awesome, especially for Bob (Baffert) and the owners, everyone involved. I’m grateful for the chance. He’s gotten better and better. He’s a great horse.”
LUIS SAEZ, MAXIMUM SECURITY, SECOND: “There was a lot of pressure along the way and he couldn’t get comfortable, but that’s how these races go. You win sometimes and don’t others. The good thing is he pulled up pretty good, so let’s see how next time goes. He was fighting at the end of the race, but we lost.”
BOB BAFFERT, IMPROBABLE, WINNER: “I knew I was coming in here with two really good horses. Maximum Security was in that scrum and they were really running up close. I saw Drayden, he knew what was happening, so he just sat back. He rode a great race, he knew what was going on, he took his time, rode him with patience. He’s had good luck with this horse. He loves this track. He seems to be better in the gate here that’s why we ran him here. I hate to see my horses have to beat the other horse but ‘Max’ ran gallantly. He fended off the speed but the next one is the big one, but today it was all about Improbable.”
NOTES: The winning owners are WinStar Farm, LLC, China Horse Club Intl., Ltd and SF Racing, LLC.