TYLER CONNER, MR. ROARY, WINNER: “It felt good, I know we were a longshot but he handled everything well. I thought we’d be in back but then the field opened up and he just kicked on. I just ran relaxed and listened to what George asked me to do. He’s a bit of a long striding horse so I figured I’d just let him settle. I was sitting behind the favorite most of the way and when I saw him angle out I kind of jumped in. The loose horse made things a little interesting but we got through and when he saw daylight, he kicked on.”
VICTOR ESPINOZA, TRIBALIST, SECOND: “Tribalist ran really well. The loose horse kind of cost me the race. You just don’t know where they’re going to go or what they’re going to do. So, I had to just go. I had to move earlier than what I wanted and just got nailed right away but overall he still ran well.”
DRAYDEN VAN DYKE, OM, THIRD: “It was a slight bump but it didn’t cost me anything (Talking about getting pushed out by #3 California Diamond at the top of the stretch).
“It was a good. I’ve never ridden him before but it seemed like he had no excuse today.”
GEORGE PAPAPRODROMOU, TRAINER MR. ROARY, WINNER: “We just thought we’d give this race a shot. He’s been running long all this time and the Eddie D. sounded good. Obviously, it worked out good and now I’ll talk to the owner and we’ll probably look at the (Grade I) Breeders’ Cup Mile next. I liked this jock (Tyler Conner) from the first time he stopped by my barn. He listens and he’s very professional.”
DAN HENDRICKS, OM, THIRD: “The bump wasn’t too bad. It was worse at Del Mar (when bumped in the stretch en-route to a third place finish in the Grade II Del Mar Mile Aug.20).
“He’s been working in blinkers for quite a while and used to wear them so I don’t know. They don’t make him speed crazy though.”