DRAYDEN VAN DYKE, CITY OF LIGHT, WINNER: “First of all, he was very confident going into the race based on his recent works. Being in the one hole, I just had to make sure I got him out fast. He broke solid, and I got to set the pace. He responded well – he wanted to take off.”
(Asked to put his 2017 into words)
“Ups and downs, but that’s the sport. I came back strong.”
TYLER BAZE, EDWARDS GOING LEFT, SECOND: “That Cal Bred just outran all those million dollar Grade 1 horses. John (Sadler) has done a super job with this horse since claiming him for $50,000. He’s such a cool horse. He ran his tail off today. He stayed off the rail and we had a dream trip. It is absolutely a pleasure riding him.”
MICHAEL MCCARTHY, TRAINER OF CITY OF LIGHT, WINNER: “This horse has a lot of natural ability. I’ve had a lot of faith in this horse from the first day I saw him at Keeneland as a September yearling. He’s a big horse and it took him awhile to come to himself. When a horse is doing good, you gotta go…You gotta take a shot. I’m very thankful to Mr. Warren (owner). He won the Breeders’ Cup Classic with St. Liam and he was the first one to go with me when I went out on my own. With a horse like this, who’s got a lot of natural speed, you let him go ahead and showcase
NOTES: Winning owners William K. Warner, Jr. and Suzanne Warren reside in Tulsa, OK.