FLORENT GEROUX, BOLO, WINNER: “What an amazing horse and such an amazing job to Carla and her team. She had the horse ready. Last time the horse ran better than what it looked like, it was a bit far for him being a mile and eighth and he only got beat a mile and a half so I had all the confidence in the world, I knew the horse was ready this time.
“I’ve seen him run. I’ve followed his career. He’s a nice looking horse. Carla just gave me free reign. Whatever the horse does is fine.
“Right from the beginning he broke sharp to take the lead easily so I said why take him back, the horse took a few good breathers during the race and I knew from that point he was the horse to catch.”
“He ran a big race and the pace was legit. I know a few of the horses had trouble behind me. I’ll be back on him for the Breeders’ Cup.”
FLAVIEN PRAT, RIVER BOYNE, SECOND: “He ran a good race. It’s good to have him back here and he ran well with some very good horses. The winner was just too much today.
CARLA GAINES, BOLO, WINNER: “The first race in April was a bit far for him and he hadn’t run in basically two years, so it was sort of like let’s get him out there and have him carve out some easy fractions and see if he can keep going. He got a little tired in the end but today he didn’t.
“I’m about to cry right now, I’m really happy for my team really happy for Keith Brackpool and his group, Tim the whole bunch. They allowed me to take the time to get the horse back at a very gentile and slow pace and it worked.”
“It’s hard to say in words what this means, I can’t verbalize it. He means everything to our barn, he’s the chief.
“My emotions are coming from the long road back to the track with him and he’s just special. He took me to the Kentucky Derby. We didn’t do so well but we went to the Derby.
“Receiving so much support from everyone and the cheers today from colleagues too, it means the world. I appreciate all the thoughts and well wishes from everyone in the game.
“As I was watching I was thinking I hope we hold on, who’s going to come running at us? When I saw the 46 and four for the half it had me a little worried because the track does have some cut in the ground. I actually walked the turf course this morning because he doesn’t like it too soft, he kind of struggles in it. When I walked it, I thought it felt good.
“After the first race I went to the jocks room and talked to Victor (Espinoza) and Flavien (Prat) because they’ve both ridden the horse. I asked if it was a sort of track that he’d like. I walked over it but I’m 100 pounds and he’s 1,200 pounds so that could make a difference.
“It was a brilliant ride wasn’t it? He really likes a very firm surface so that was my main concern. He lost a little weight after his last start, his first start back, so that was a concern…I couldn’t find anything to worry about.
(In regards to how East-Coast based Florent Geroux got the mount) “To be honest I was a little miffed. I know he’s a horse from the past and he’s had a long time off but I didn’t have a lot of guys calling me wanting to ride him. I called Derrick Lawson (Prat’s agent) and asked who Prat was riding and he told me he would call Florent’s agent as he was going to be out here riding today. I said it would be heavenly to get him because he’s such a fabulous rider and his agent told me that Florent would ride my horse. I thought he was kidding. He told me that they knew the horse and that he was capable. That’s how I got him. I have to give that one to Derrick!”
JEFF MULLINS, RIVER BOYNE, SECOND: “He’s had some troubled trips this year. With his style, he likes that outside swoop and run. Today, we had to wait in traffic.”
NOTES: The winning owner is Golden Pegasus Racing, Inc.