MARIO GUTIERREZ, BLAME THE RIDER, WINNER: “This horse has always shown ability in the mornings. I guess you could say he’s a late developer. When Doug switched him to the grass last time, it helped him. Unfortunately today, I couldn’t make the lead because there was so much early pressure, but he was comfortable and he’s showing us the ability that we knew he had.”
DOUG O’NEILL, BLAME THE RIDER, WINNER: “We’ve liked him from day one, but even in the mornings, if you work him behind a slower horse, he’ll range up and won’t necessarily pass. He’s definitely maturing and Mario (Gutierrez) knows him well. He put him in the race and that was what we needed.”
PAUL REDDAM, OWNER, BLAME THE RIDER, WINNER: Reminded in 2012 and 2016 he was at Churchill Downs when his I’ll Have Another and Nyquist won the Kentucky Derby: “We’ve been fortunate to win some very big races, but it’s exciting even to win a maiden race, so we’ll certainly take this.”
NOTES: The winning owners are Paul and Zillah Reddam.