UMBERTO RISPOLI, HIT THE ROAD, WINNER: “He’s a nice horse. We always believed in him and had faith in him. It was a shame he missed a couple of stakes, he looks like he’s headed in the right direction.
“I was on top of the race and by the five furlong marker he was already pulling hard and I could understand he was fresh. He was so good today. At the top of the stretch he had good acceleration and covered good ground. It was a good comeback, so now it’s up to Dan what he is going to do. He might clash with Smooth Like Strait which is going to be a tough choice between two good horses. It’s definitely better to have two good horses than to not (have any).
“He met my expectations today. When I worked him, I could feel the horse (had) come back in a huge way.”
DAN BLACKER, HIT THE ROAD, WINNER: “The horse has been so cool for days I was kind of worried that he was getting sick or something. He was so quiet, it just shows you how classy he is. He’s just a pro. I was really nervous he was really relaxed.
“He’s just a really special horse and I am so lucky to have him. More lucky to have owners that supported me. We’re lucky to have a horse like this. Like I said before the race, he was born a great horse. I’m just lucky to have him in my barn.
“(Umberto) worked the horse in .59 a week ago and he called me after the work and said, ‘He just worked okay.’ I was kind of worried he didn’t think he looked too good. Then after the race he told me, ‘I didn’t want to get you too excited.’
“For me the horse is a champion in my eyes and I’m just so thankful to the group of owners.”
NOTES: The winning owners are D K Racing, LLC, Radley Equine, Inc., Taste of Victory Stables, Rick Gold and Dave Odmark.