COREY NAKATANI, BOLT D’ORO, WINNER: “I was more impressed when I watched the replay. I really liked the way he did it. He’s confident wherever he is at, he is a special animal. Mick gave me the instructions and the horse did the rest. I’m looking forward to the Breeders’ Cup as well as the first Saturday in May in Kentucky. Mick had his friend, the great Hall of Famer Lynn Swann, here today. He was my idol as a kid. I always wanted to play like Lynn.”
MATT NAKATANI, JOCKEY AGENT AND SON OF COREY: “This is amazing. A year ago, I was begging my dad to come back to ride because I knew he was the best guy in the jock’s room. My dad has never won the Kentucky Derby, it’s the one race that he hasn’t won. To think that we’re now just eight or nine months away from possibly having that opportunity…It’s an unbelievable feeling and I can’t wait to see how it plays out.”
FLAVIEN PRAT, SOLOMINI, SECOND: “He ran a great race. That was only his second start and he did everything I asked him to do. He was just beat by a good horse that has more experience. But he ran a great race.”
MICK RUIS, BOLT D’ORO, WINNER: “This was pretty cool. We thought he was going to run a good race. We thought he could run two turns, and now we know he can.
“Ike Green (Ruis’ racing manager) picked him out at as a yearling at the Saratoga Select sales. He loved him when he broke him. When we got him to San Luis Rey Downs they said he just moved fantastic. We got him into our barn here in March and everyone that got on him said he was special. He’s still proving everybody right.
“We learned that he could break today. We always knew he could but we didn’t want him to think he was a sprinter in those other races so I think we’re on the right track. We’ll see how he comes out of this race and just go from there.
“He always did break well. I just didn’t want to rush him out in his 6 ½ furlong debut or his 7 furlong race. Our goal was this race and the Breeders’ Cup, and then give him a chance to grow up. Hopefully what dreams are made of is what this guy might be able to get us to. That’s why we tried to stay on course and not get too excited about the Grade I at Del Mar. That was all on his natural talent.”