UMBERTO RISPOLI, SMOOTH LIKE STRAIT, WINNER: “I was just waiting for a Grade I for this horse he deserves so much. So does the owner, Michael Cannon. He deserves it, he tries hard every time with me, we have some feedback after the races, he’s always positive. He always says, ‘Don’t worry, we’re gonna go to the Breeders’ Cup’. He was positive from the first day. I was hoping to see him today but, I’ll probably see him in Del Mar. I’m so glad for Michael (McCarthy) and the groom, who treats him like a son, also the work rider, they do an amazing job with this horse. He’s so clever, so smart, he deserves a Grade I.
“I love the way (he) runs, (he) puts himself in the race, (he doesn’t) cheat and(he is a) fighter. That’s what we jockeys like, we fight with them and go down to the wire together and get the job done.”
MICHAEL McCARTHY, SMOOTH LIKE STRAIT, WINNER: “Today feels very gratifying because the horse shows up and runs hard every time. I don’t think he was getting the respect he deserved earlier in the year, but he showed up and put together a nice campaign. He was so relaxed for Umberto out there today.
“The horse responded beautifully to Umberto, they have become quite the partnership. I’m super happy for the horse and the connections.
“I’ve had an immense amount of faith in this horse all along, and I really believe that there are big things coming for him later in the year.”
NOTES: The winning owner/breeder is Cannon Thoroughbreds, LLC.