JAVIER CASTELLANO, BAL A BALI, WINNER: “I feel great. I’m very lucky and fortunate to have been able to ride the horse. I give all the credit to Mr. Mandella and what he did; the way he trained the horse.
“He came from way back and gave a great performance. Richard kind of told me how to ride the horse a little bit. I did my homework, watched past races, handicapped the race. Everything turned out well, worked out great. I’m very fortunate and was very lucky to ride this horse.”
VICTOR ESPINOZA, DORTMUND, SIXTH: “He was not [comfortable] on the turf. I think he should go back to dirt again and recover, recuperate, and I think he’s going to run big on the dirt. Big difference when you take them off the turf to the dirt. We’ll be ready for the next one.”
RICHARD MANDELLA, BAL A BALI, WINNER: “I like winning better. The horse got sour last year, and with a little time off and some freshening up, he responded and came back good.”
KENNY BLACK, TRAINER, WHAT A VIEW, SECOND: “That is just brutal. I thought he was home free turning for home. It looked like Tyler had a ton of horse. This horse has gotten really good, that’s obviously the best race he’s ever run.”
ART SHERMAN, DORTMUND, SIXTH: “It was kind of a bad mistake, but you don’t know until you try him. He’ll be on the dirt from now on.”
NOTES: The winning owner is Calumet Farm.